As a long line of shoppers wait, Tina Frost makes a list and checks it twice.
“Hey Cameron, how are you? Are you excited?” Frost asks.
On December 12, Police Officers take a break from patrols to play Santa to 60 children at the Cabot Walmart.
Frost, a mother and grandmother, organizes the special shopping spree called C.O.P.S. Toy Patrol every holiday season.
“When you see these kids and you see these officers, it’s an amazing thing,” Frost tells KARK
The former 911 dispatcher thought she was called to be an officer.
“The Lord had different plans.”
She now helps them.
“He called me to be a chaplain instead.”
“Tina’s number one job for her is taking care of us,” says Lt. Tommy Thompson.
It’s a job she volunteered to do.
“She doesn’t get paid. She doesn’t have to have to do this. She does it all on her own just because she loves us, the kids in this community,” says Lt. Thompson.
“That’s what it’s about, helping the kids. But it’s also to show the kids that my officers do more than arrest mom, dad, and uncle Joe, that they care about them,” says Frost.
With the help of the community through a non-profit she founded called “His Hands,” Tina’s mission to give kids a Merry Christmas has more than tripled in five years.
“It made me so happy. It’s like the best day of my life.”
“We’re here because you’ve been nominated for this award,” says KARK’s Ashley Ketz.
“No, no,” says Frost.
Even though she would rather keep her Santa status a secret, KARK and McDonalds of Central Arkansas paid it 4ward with $250 in VISA gift cards.
“Tell her I said thank you,” one boy told KARK.
“The Lord has blessed it. It’s not me. I’ve just been willing to serve,” says Frost.
It’s also become a tradition for Frost and her husband to feed everyone working on Christmas at the Cabot Police Department. They also cook breakfast for the department during law enforcement and dispatcher appreciation weeks.