By Matt Kroschel

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Inside the Frisco Walmart, an army of police officers, firefighters and paramedics went on a toy shopping spree on Christmas Eve.

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Shelves were cleared, fire trucks and ambulances packed full, and that was just the start of a Christmas miracle for hundreds of children.

Sgt. Misty Higby with the Silverthorne Police Department has been part of the Adopt An Angel program for 12 years, and said every time they pass out the presents to needy families she gets emotional.

“It’s not always about us, it’s about giving, helping others in need, maybe if we are in need someone would do the same for us,” she said.

Community donations allow first responders to buy more than 1,200 presents for families who otherwise would not have Christmas presents under the tree for their children.

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“It’s about giving and being a part of the community, caring,” Higby added.

Jamie Egger is a single mom, recently divorced and scraping by cleaning houses to make ends meet.

“From struggling then coming in here and receiving all this love from strangers, it’s overwhelming and my daughter and I are going to have a really good Christmas because of people I don’t even know,” Egger said.

First responders participate in this special program every year and say the smiles and tears of joy they see on the faces of grateful parents keep them coming back every year to help.

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Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.