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12 kids of Christmas

Santa Claus paid 12 children an early visit at their south Phoenix Home.

Saint Nick was accompanied not by his elves, but by several helpers who happen to be Phoenix Police Officers.

"I am going to go to church and thank God for all that they've done for my family," said Emmanuel Herrera. "Now, every time the kids see a police officer, they will remember this Christmas," he added.

Angels on Patrol and several police officers heard about the Herrera family's financial difficulties and adopted the family for Christmas. Mr. and Mrs. Herrera are not only caring for their own five small children, but seven grandchildren as well.

"Without their help, the kids would have had a sad Christmas," said Herrera.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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