CHARLOTTE, N.C. --A Christmas-week tradition in Charlotte continued Tuesday.
Police officers and their families spent the day helping those who are less fortunate.
“All too often you get caught up in the negative things that are going on in communities but being able to go out today and spread some joy and cheer throughout the community, there's a lot for all of us,” said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Police Chief Rodney Monroe.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Explorer Post Christmas Project has been up and running around town since the mid 1970's, delivering food and toys to underprivileged folks around town.
Back then, the project helped 15 families, but this year the project is expected to assist 635 families.
Officers and volunteers loaded up trucks at Carowinds Boulevard and took it to an apartment complex on the west side.