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Police officers in Orlando surprised more than 200 children in need with Christmas presents on Saturday.

The Orlando Police Department collected the names of children in need from local churches, counselors and community centers to bring smiles to kids’ faces this Christmas.

The department’s officers and staff donated the money to buy the toys and personally delivered the gifts to the children at their homes.

Officer Marcus Hyatt said the gift-giving helps to build trust with the community and “close the gap because so often law enforcement is portrayed a certain way.”

“People don’t get a chance to see us handing out gifts, us having positive conversations with people,” Hyatt said. “People don’t get a chance to see that we are human just like them.”