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Police Give Kids in the Hospital Some Souped Up Rides

Police in Massachusetts and Connecticut team up with a non-profit to make being in the hospital a little less stressful.

What little boy -- or girl -- wouldn't love to tool around the neighborhood in their own mini-police car? For kids whose neighborhood, for now, is Boston Children's Hospital, that dream is now a reality, thanks to a guy known as Bob the Bike man, and members of regional police departments and the state police in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Bob Charland and his Pedal Thru Youth organization teamed up with the police departments to customize and donate mini Power Wheels cruisers to patients at Boston Children's Hospital . "I think if you were a kid going to chemo or something else, you're scared," Charland told WWLP-TV . "You walk outside your room and see one of these power wheels you get to ride versus being put in a wheelchair or escorted down there on your own, I think it would ease them a bit."

K-9 Gino poses with Easthampton PD's car.

The Chicopee, Holyoke, Easthampton, Greenfield, Pelham and Springfield Technical Community College police departments all donated a mini cruiser. All are decked out with logos, some have mini-radios, and Chicopee's has some pretty cool lights too:

The mini cruisers were delivered to the hospital with a Massachusetts and Connecticut State Police escort. "It means a lot to be able to put my hard work into something that benefits children and I'm happy to donate my time," Greenfield Police Officer Brent Griffin told WWLP.

A team Boston Children's Hospital will make further modifications to the mini cruisers so the vehicles are completely accessible for any child, including those with physical disabilities.

Sparkt salutes the police officers who donated their time and energy to a project that will most certainly make a difference in the lives of hundreds, maybe thousands of children!

(Images & video: Police Department Facebook pages)

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