LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It’s a tradition for Metro Louisville police; taking hundreds of gifts to Kosair Children’s Hospital.
“These children that sometimes don’t even understand why they can't be home with their family for Christmas. We at least for a couple of hours want to make their holiday a bit brighter. We purchase the gifts from Target and we also have our members donate the gifts,” said River City Fraternal Order of Police President Dave Mutchler.
The officers WHAS11 followed went to the oncology unit. 16-month-old Corinne greeted us with a smile. She liked the gifts, but was really excited to meet the biggest bear she’s ever seen.
Next we met Jade. She’s nineteen years old and is currently battling a rare form of cancer.
“She's going to have to go through three different kinds of chemo. She went through her first one last week. She's just really sick; that's why they can't send her home yet,” said her mother Jameelah.
Her mother Jameelah and her grandmother also fought cancer this year.
“This is really unexpected and really not a Christmas for us,” said her mother Jameelah.
It’s a different Christmas for 7-year-old Jackson as well. He was just diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer last week.
“Anything that's going to brighten his day means the world to us,” said his mother Heather Nickel.
He was happy to see the officers and open his gifts and he is still beaming from a visit from Charlie Strong a few days ago.
“Huge cards fan. Yes huge, when the Cardinal bird came, Coach Strong and a couple of the players, that was enough for him,” said Nickel.
His room is full of red; he’s ready for a full day of Cardinal sports this Saturday.
Jackson, like all of these kids, gives the officers an intangible gift in return.
“There's something about it; once you do it one time it's actually quite emotional, and we enjoy coming back and doing it,” said Mutchler.