Police deliver gifts to kids spending Christmas in the hospital
ROCKFORD (WREX) -
It's no fun being in the hospital for Christmas, especially if you're a kid.
But some local police officers helped brighten up a few pediatric units in Rockford on Sunday with some Christmas morning deliveries.
The Winnebago County Corrections Department started the teddy bear drive last year.
This Christmas, officers collected more than 1,700 teddy bears and toys to distribute to children and families going through a hard time this holiday season.
"When you're in the hospital, the kids are scared, they're fighting, they don't know what going on, so to bring a smile to their face is just very heartwarming," said Winnebago County Sgt. Anthony Ponte.