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Shop with a Cop Program Takes Kids to Parkdale Plaza Wal-Mart

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

It's the season for giving, but not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to give gifts during the holidays, and that means, for many kids, the Christmas holiday is not so joyous.

One program, however, steps up to the plate to help make the season a little bit brighter for the less fortunate. It's called Shop with a Cop.

On Thursday, the Corpus Christi Police Department and other law enforcement agencies took local elementary school students shopping at the Parkdale Plaza Wal-Mart. Each student was given $125 to spend.

The early Christmas gifts bring lots of smiles to the young faces.

Police Chief Floyd Simpson had a calculator on hand as he helped one young boy shop, making sure that young Anthony got the most bang for his buck; and while you may think that the young kids spend all of the money on themselves, some of them, like Anthony, use some of the money to go shopping for their siblings.

"The amazing thing about you, Anthony, is that I'm really impressed that you're thinking about others, and so not only are you getting stuff that you need, but you're thinking about your brothers and sisters," Simpson said. "And so I'm really appreciative of that. That's what Christmas is all about, you know. Certainly the birth of Christ is the first thing, but we're also wanting to make sure that we think about others."

After shopping at Wal-Mart, the kids were taken to Whataburger by the Bay for a special lunch.

Simpson said he always likes to take time out to recognize great kids, and that meeting kids like Anthony, Theo and the other kids in the program restores his faith in the community.