CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -- The past month for Chicago police has been a rough one. Many have faced criticism following the release of videos showing the deadly police shootings of Laquan McDonald and Ronald Johnson.
But in spite of the shadow of those cases, many Chicago police officers are continuing their charity work, helping brothers in blue and total strangers. On Sunday, they even enlisted Santa Claus for help in Chicago’s south suburbs delivering a few presents to a deserving family chosen by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.
“Support of our Chicago police officers and the families we serve is important, especially during these very difficult times when law enforcement is under a microscope,” said John Gordon of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.
The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation assists fallen and injured police officers and their families - including Cedric Brumley and his two kids. Brumley is a former Chicago officer who was injured in 2002 in a near fatal accident while responding to an "officer needs assistance" call. He said he’s grateful to the foundation and all that they do.
“You want to give your kids everything that you can,” Brumley said, while noting the feeling of camaraderie he still feels with police officers means a lot.
The holiday visit was topped off with an a cappella group thanking the officers for their service. Since 2007, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation has provided more than 7 million dollars in assistance to officer’s families. Operation Santa helped out 6 families just this weekend. On Friday, the foundation received a $25,000 donation from TBOX (aka the Twelve Bars of Xmas pub crawl).