Miami Police Department help make holiday season magical

Cassie Tafoya/Arizona Silver Belt Miami Police Chief Keith Thompson and Officer Christine Duarte.

The town of Miami definitely had a lot of help from their elves to make this Christmas Season magical for the residents. The Miami Memorial park was decorated with lights, decorations and Christmas trees.

Small Town Christmas has been an annual event for 20 years but this year topped them all. Through hard work and donations, 325 brand new toys were given out to children.

Activities like cupcake decorating, face painting, bag decorating kept the kids busy and a visit with Santa paid off with a present. The Miami Town Library was also on scene to give out wrapped books to all the children in attendance. The volunteers spent hours decorating the park, painting decorations and collecting donations this year. Even Miami Kids Machine helped out with the painting of decorations and being part of the Globe Light parade after Small Town. Haven Health Care and Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center held a toy drive competition to see which business could collect more toys for the event with a 79-75 Haven win.

The 34th Annual W. Steve Martin Toy Drive helped the Miami Police Department provide gifts to 23 families this Christmas. This annual event known as the 911 Toy Drive Program serves law enforcement, fire, public safety officials, and corrections officers and allows officers to deliver toys to children making a difference in how they view law enforcement in the community.

In addition to toys, 12 turkey dinners were also given to residents of Miami.

All of this was made possible because of the overwhelming support from the community.

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