Victoria Police Officers Association delivers Easter goodies
Kaylee Martinez didn't quite know what to think of her visitors at DeTar Hospital North on Wednesday morning.
The 3-year-old stared as Victoria Police officer Joseph Falen gave her a blue bucket filled with Easter eggs and other goodies.
Then, when the Easter bunny made its way into her room, Kaylee cried.
"She doesn't feel good," explained her mother, Kimberly Martinez.
A couple of rooms down the hall, 16-year-old Sydney Trevino's response was a bit different.
"This was so sweet," said the smiling teenager. "It's really good that the police officers take part in doing stuff for kids that are sick at the hospital. It's very sweet."
Wendy Trevino, Sydney's mother, agreed.
"It doesn't matter how big you are, that's something special," she said.
The hospital visits, to DeTar Hospital North and to Citizens Medical Center, were made by members of the Victoria Police Officers Association. The group is made up of police officers and civilian employees of the department.
"It was started about four years ago," said Falen. "We had an officer who was sick when he was a young child, and it would brighten his day when officers would show up. That's what we set out to do is brighten the days of the children in the hospital.
"If we can take away their pain and their aches for just a short while, it makes our day."
The group also makes similar hospital visits bearing gifts at Christmas and later this spring will make trips into Victoria neighborhoods with "Copsicles," handing out popsicles to children.
"This year is special for us because one of our officers has a child who starts chemo today," Falen said. "Our prayers are with her, and we wish her well."