NASHUA, NH -
Usually when you see the SWAT team rolling through neighborhoods, it's not a good situation.
But that was not the case Wednesday. At first glance, it may have looked like police were on a scene with their hands full.
And part of that was true.
Officers with the Nashua Police Department loaded down with gifts and groceries were showing the community what Christmas is all about.
Philip Belmont from the Nashua Police Department said, "Our guys took up a collection. Here at Christmas, really an opportunity for some families to have a good Christmas."
These SWAT officers dressed in their traditional uniforms and others in the uniform of the season, shopping for five families and providing gifts along with Christmas dinner for all of them with the help of Whole Foods.
Shaun Nelson from the Police Athletic League said, "We identified some families in need, some families that have been working hard in the community and this is our way of thanking families for being positive members of a tough community."
The police department then made it known, packing it all up and hitting the streets of Nashua with their SWAT vehicle to deliver everything to these families.
The Police Athletic League raised the money and it's their second year for the event. But through it all it's a chance for this community to see that these officers have a mission that goes well beyond just keeping the streets of Nashua safe.
Philip Belmont from the Nashua Police Department said, "At the end of the day, it allows us to give back to the community, to be vested in that community. And that's the important thing. It's good for people to see that, a Christmas that these families likely won't ever forget."