They may not look like elves, but Anchorage police are most certainly Santa’s helpers. On Tuesday, they loaded their patrol cars with hundreds of gifts for children in need.


The presents were donated through the department’s Angel Tree Project, a partnership with the Anchorage School District to help homeless students in their Children in Transition program.


Officers hand-delivered the goodies to more than 60 families that could use some extra holiday cheer.


“The ones that have been chosen for this program are going through a hard time and that’s what we are here for,” officer Karen Och said. “We are here to help people through their hard time. We don’t usually get invited to happy things as police officers, so this is a great opportunity.”


The police department received so many donations this year it had to solicit help to get them all wrapped in time.


Officers will also be giving to kids on Friday through the Shop with a Cop program.


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