Tuscaloosa Police officers handed out over a dozen bikes and other presents to children Friday as part of a massive Christmas toy drive.

"We picked out several kids out of the community that participate in the PAL program, and we also gave them a Christmas wishlist," said Deputy Chief Sebo Sanders. "Today we're granting their wishlists."

PAL stands for the TPD's Police Athletic League. These children all participate in after-school activities at the recreation center across from Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary.

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Tuscaloosa Police also partnered with Spades Restaurant and Lounge, Tuscaloosa businessman Tripp Powell, and Tuscaloosa City Council members Raevan Howard, Cassius Lanier and Kip Tyner to deliver bikes to deserving kids at three area schools Thursday.

Bikes were presented 30 children across three schools: Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, Alberta School of the Performing Arts and Skyland Elementary. The students were chosen by school administrators on a variety of factors including good grades and behavior.

"It's gonna be a joyful moment for them," Sanders said. "It's a season for giving, and to see them get their presents is something truly worthwhile."

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