Cops for Youngsters returns to Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – An annual tradition is back after being canceled due to COVID last year. Dozens of children from all over the subway have their Christmas wishes granted with the help of local law enforcement.

“The first thing I’ll do is get my underwear and socks,” said Felix Gonzales when asked what he would buy during this year’s Cops for Kids event. But Felix has so much more.

Felix spent his morning with Detective Bret Garcia, Officer Alex Guerrera, and his new friend Dario. Detective Garcia and Officer Guerrera have been with the department for seven years. This is their fourth Cops for Kids event. “We do this for the kids,” said Garcia. “We enjoy it too,” explained Guerrera.

Garcia and Guerrera say each year is more fulfilling than the last, and this year is especially true. “You didn’t have the full experience last year,” said Guerrera. “We were given a name and an address and only had to hand over things,” he explained.

Happy to be back, the two Albuquerque police officers were determined to make the day a memorable one for their pals. The group started with a solid round of top golf. Felix and Dario had their faces painted and even got to know Santa and Mrs. Claus.

That was when the real fun began, Felix and Dario, along with nearly 100 other children, jumped into the officers’ patrol units and drove to Walmart in a motorcade. Course by course, Felix and Dario checked all their wishes and needs.

Each of the children received a $ 100 gift card to Walmart. They were taken to Dion for lunch after the event.

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