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Santa, 16 law enforcement helicopters bring toys to Children's of Alabama

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It's not your average toy drop-off, but it certainly is one of the most interesting.

16 helicopters from 16 different law enforcement agencies across the state made a house call, Thursday, bringing thousands of toys to Children's of Alabama.

"Oh, it's amazing," Wynne Speir said.

Speir will take the gifts to the hospital's Sugar Plum Shop. Starting December 21st parents of patients will be able to sift through these gifts...for free.

Speir says this project came together in less than one month, all thanks to the agencies.

"This is a unique opportunity for them to unite around a common cause," she said. "They couldn't think of anything better than Children's and we're so thankful for that."

And so are the agencies, who say they are overwhelmed by their communities support.

"Times are hard," Coffee County Sheriff, Dave Sutton, said. "But it didn't stop people from bringing toys."

And bring children a little joy.

"We just hope not only do [the children] get the joy of seeing the aviation units from across the state today...then the joy for the days to come as they're able to get Christmas presents throughout the holiday," Chilton County Sheriff, Kevin Davis, said.

A collaborative effort from Alabama...to the North Pole...united for one cause; giving children a Merry Christmas.

"I just love to come see these children at Christmas," Santa Claus said.

"We're here for the children right over there," Sutton said. "They're going to be watching. It's a great fulfillment."

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