Published On: Dec 05 2012 02:46:12 PM ESTUpdated On: Dec 05 2012 08:45:47 PM EST
As always, Santa arrived Wednesday at the FOP Christmas Party at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds on a police cruiser.
About 200 special needs students from seven Duval County schools not only get to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and hand-picked gifts....
... the kids also get to see a side of law enforcement they normally don't.
Santa hands out special presents, chosen especially for each child.
Cynthia Lower works with Central Riverside Elementary, where she helps these hearing impaired students grow and learn. "They love the lights; they try to figure out what's happening.... and just joy on their faces."
Vic Groner, who co-chairs this event, says the payoff is the satisfaction. "There's a magical moment where you realize, 'Hey, I did good! I got just the right gift for that child.' They're so appreciative of everything we do for them."