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Group delivers Christmas presents to kids in need

By Amanda Brannon
Published On: Dec 24 2012 07:36:23 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 23 2012 11:00:00 PM CST
GREENVILLE -

Pitt County Sheriff's Office and Greenville Fire and Rescue teamed up to deliver Christmas presents to children in need.

Sheriff Neil Elks said it's part of a program they do every year with Pitt County Schools, The Department of Social Services and The Salvation Army. Families sign up to be a part of the program and they are selected based on their need.

"It's very exciting for us. We always often times see bad things in our community. This is a chance for us to participate in a good thing. We love serving back in our community. We love being able to give back," Sheriff Elks said.

Janoy Aroche, 8, got a brand new bike.

"I'm happy because Santa brought us some presents and I'm very happy because my friend is here," he said.

Greenville Fire and Rescue acting Battalion Chief Milton Carney said it's always heartwarming to see the children get their presents.

"It's great. It gives me the impression that is his first bicycle and it's something that he'll never forget and cherish for the rest of his life," Carney said.

Janoy's mom, Josefina, couldn't contain her excitement.

"I very happy for Christmas for my presents for my little boys," she said.

The group also brought games for 10-year-old Ricardo Gonzalez and 6-year-old Selena Garcia.

"The most I'm looking forward to have joy from every body and a happy family...And I hope you have a very Merry Christmas," Gonzalez said.

So far this holiday season, the group has given Christmas to more than 900 families. Most of the toys were donated. Some people also gave cash and someone would go out and purchase the gifts.