All year long we have been collecting donations to give kids an amazing experience and this past Saturday we set them loose at the Poughkeepsie Galleria.

Last year we started an awesome tradition here in the Hudson Valley. We raised a significant amount of money in order for kids from varying ages to go on a shopping spree with a local police officer.

In our first year we were able to give 8 kids each a $200 gift card. This year, we had 20 kids.

Christmas was always a very special time for me growing up. It's sad that as you get older you realize that isn't the case for everyone.

Crash-N-Burn Event Pix

It's great to be able to give back to the community in such a big way. It's all possible thanks to the Town of Poughkeepsie Police, the City of Poughkeepsie, Village of Wappingers, Kent Police Department, Peekskill Police and Hyde Park,

Also, thank you to everyone who donated.