Morgan Co. deputies ready toys for Christmas chopper delivery

These toys will be loaded in a helicopter and flown to kids at Children's in Birmingham. (Source: WAFF)
These toys will be loaded in a helicopter and flown to kids at Children's in Birmingham. (Source: WAFF)

MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Some lawmen in Morgan County are taking on a different role this holiday season. Santa won't be the only one flying, landing on rooftops, and delivering presents.

The Morgan County Sheriff's Office has been collecting toys for girls and boys, and Friday morning, they'll load up a helicopter and deliver them to kids who could use some use some Christmas cheer.

They fly to Children's Hospital in Birmingham, land on the roof, and hand out tons of toys donated by Morgan County residents.

"First responders across the state with their aviation units are collecting toys for the children that are not going to be leave and go home due to illness for Christmas," said Sheriff Ana Franklin.

This will be the fourth year for the Toy Flight. The sheriff says it especially hits home this time.

"One of our newborns will be in in Children's Hospital this year. An employee of ours, his daughter is in there with some very serious illnesses. One of our other employee's grandchild just left Children's Hospital. So this affects everybody. It can affect anybody at any time," said Franklin.

Sheriff Franklin says this is also an opportunity to do some training, to prepare in case they ever have to land their helicopter on a building and deliver supplies during an emergency.

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