If you saw a caravan of emergency vehicles going through Robstown Friday afternoon, there was no need for alarm as police were delivering Christmas presents to local children.
The presents were raised as donations during the first annual Wishes and Dreams Children's Toy Bowl played Dec. 1 at Cottonpicker Stadium when Robstown city employees and the Corpus Christi Police Department squared off in a flag football match-up.
The CCPD won the game, 12-7, as Robstown was quick to score the first touchdown in the first quarter. The CCPD came back to score two touchdowns to win the game, but the numbers that mattered most were the donations raised.
Admission was an unwrapped toy or monetary donation to buy Christmas toys for needy children, and local children saw the results Friday.
The event raised dozens of toys and several hundred dollars for children in Robstown, Bishop and Driscoll, said Robstown Police Chief Johnny Brown.
"It's a good program. It makes a lot of people happy," Brown said, adding the program would definitely be continued next year.
Police from the Robstown and Corpus Christi police departments, the Nueces County Department of Public Works, and a Robstown firefighter riding in a fire truck, delivered the gifts to the surprised children Friday afternoon, starting with children at the Johnny S. Calderon Apartments.
Neighbors sometimes came out to see what the activity was all about, and several parents expressed relief when they realized the purpose of the visit.
"Thanks guys, bye. Don't scare me like that again," said one mom living at Curtis Place.
The caravan continued throughout Robstown, drawing more and more attention.
"Thanks guys. You're doing a great thing," said Ashley Flores, the foster sister of three children along Ohio Street that received gifts.
"Merry Christmas to you all," said Denise Downie after her two children received gifts.
Patrolman Javier Aleman said he didn't know he would be delivering presents Friday and it was a pleasant surprise.
Jimmy Wilson, a deputy constable with the Nueces County Department of Public Works, said he made time for the event.
"This is a great day. This is my day off and I came in just to do this," Wilson said. "The kids in Driscoll would have no presents if it wasn't for the ones we're bringing them. This is great, getting to do this with kids."
Robstown firefighter Gary Spicak said the gift-giving was helping him get into the Christmas spirit.
"You feel like you did when you were a kid, bringing a little joy," Spicak said.