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Phoenix officers play Santa's helpers at Valley facility

Santa, flanked by Phoenix police officers, arrives at Hacienda Healthcare in south Phoenix. (KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX -- Dozens of Phoenix police officers became Santa's helpers on Wednesday at Hacienda Healthcare in south Phoenix.

A convoy of cops decked out in blue were led into Hacienda by Santa. Hacienda's clients deal with severe mental or physical disabilities. Some of them have been there since birth and will spend their life there.

Doreena Wiegert was among the officers who delivered gifts. She has been doing it for 20 years and said it's pure joy.

"It's a great time to deliver Christmas to just a wonderful group of people."

Officer Sheree Lee walked in with her arms full of gifts.

"It's such a rewarding experience and we love doing it for the kids and the adults here. It's awesome to see them open their gifts."

This is the 24th year Phoenix police has delivered gifts to Hacienda.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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