Editor’s note: A version of this story first appeared in 2013 and has been updated with new information.
Most of the time when you see a cop, there may be some unpleasant associations. But for kids in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) at Children’s Health Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, that’s definitely not the case: The police are their buddies.
Each year for the past 6 years, members of the Dallas Police Department SWAT Team, and now its Motorcycle unit, have visited the CCBD at the holidays to distribute gifts and visit with the children.
This year, a group of about two dozen police men and police women came bearing gifts and to play games with the kids in the inpatient unit and the outpatient clinic. There was a vigorous game of Jenga™, a battle in air hockey and some Super Mario Brothers™ action going on in the inpatient playroom. The police were as much into the games as the children.
The combined SWAT and Motorcyle teams also donated a new Wii™ Fun Center™ mobile entertainment unit with funds raised from their annual motorcycle ride for charity. That’s the second Fun Center the DPD group has donated. Fun Centers are sponsored by the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
So the next time you see a police man or police woman from Dallas, give ‘em a wave. They may just have brightened up a patient’s holidays at Children’s Health.