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A police department took 100 underprivileged kids Christmas shopping


A police department took 100 underprivileged kids Christmas shopping

WATCH | These underprivileged kids shopped for Christmas gifts for their families with local police officers. 

'Shop with a Cop'

The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department partnered with Walmart to take 100 kids from the are shopping.

Each child got a $100 gift card and one or two cops to shop with as part of the department's annual "Shop with a Cop" event.

The children, between the ages of 5 and 17, were pre-selected to miss school for a few hours to go shopping and have lunch with the cops.

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About 200 police officers participated in the shopping event, where they spent about an hour perusing the aisles and filling their shopping carts.

Some of the kids shopped for family and friends, while others took advantage of the opportunity and indulged themselves.

One child said, "I bought a drone" and did a little dance at the checkout line.

One officer said the experience was heartwarming.

"It's hard telling other people's kids 'no,'" said Sgt. Jessica Hawkins. "Because I'm like 'No, just get whatever you want.' My kids, I can be like, "No, you're not getting that, no."

The event happens right before Christmas and was made possible through donations from Walmart.

This isn't the first department to do a "Shop with a Cop" event. Various police departments across the country in cities as big as Houston and as small as Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

"Our officers see children and families that are less fortunate than us each day and they feel compelled to take action," said D.C. Interim Chief of Police Peter Newsham in a statement. "This is an opportunity to provide them with a happier holiday season while forging life-long relationships."

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