Armed with a bag full of toys and their badges, the Stockton Police Department and Santa Claus delivered gifts to dozens of families impacted by violence.
The sheer joy of Christmas was written all over Stockton youngsters' faces. Their smiles and their delight were shared by the Stockton Police Department.
"We are able to bring some joy we think to the families because it actually brings us joy to be able to do this," Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said.
It has been a tough year for police officers. Over the summer, a deadly bank robbery has put into question the department's use of force and just days before Christmas, they lost one of their own in a hit-and-run.
"It's been absolutely nothing but smiles today. You know, for what's been a difficult year for the police department; it's been a difficult year for our entire community," Chief Jones said.
But Thursday, with an armful of presents from who the community knows as "Homie Claus," and the look of excitement and gratitude,
"We got checkers, a Monopoly game, a water gun," a child said.
The department as well as other community organizations got a chance to share the joy of Christmas day.
"It's just an awesome day," the Chief simply exclaimed.
The Stockton Police Department said this year they, along with "Homie Claus" have visited at least 27 families.