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Decatur Police Department Hosts "Shop With A Cop"

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The season of giving is here and many local organizations are making sure to give back. The Decatur Police Department hosted it's annual Shop with a Cop program Saturday. Every year cops spend the afternoon at Target buying gifts for kids in the Decatur area. Over 90 kids filled the aisles of the store as they were paired with a cop who gave them $100 to buy anything they wanted. Chief of Police, Todd Walker, says this is a year long effort.

"We raise money through out the year so that we can take some of the kids within the community shopping."

According to Walker, each kid is hand picked.

"The kids are referred to us by some of the social service agencies within town."

Shiquilla Dunbar-Williams, a Decatur resident, had three kids participate this year.

She said, "I can't really get them everything that they want and it's important to me because they give them a chance to get whatever they want. It's like a dream Christmas for the kids in the community."

So what did they buy?

"I bought clothes, headphones, and a gumball machine," said Shiquilla's daughter, Ivory.

Her son, James, bought, "games and a toy set."

Walker says he loves making the kids happy.

"Most importantly it's really awesome to see the kids faces and the smiles on their faces as you take them through."

If you want to refer someone for next years giveaway, cops say to contact their school.

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