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Local Law Enforcement Partners with Target to Give Kids A Special Christmas

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Danville,VA--  Just four more days until Christmas. A lot of people already have their gifts wrapped and under the Christmas tree. But for some, presents under the tree this Christmas are pretty scarce.

 

That's where Danville and Pittsylvania County law enforcement stepped in. It's all part of the annual Shop with a Cop event.

Officers went Christmas shopping with children at the Target in Danville on Saturday, and parents didn't have to pay a penny.

 

For seventeen families in Danville, a shopping trip to Target on Saturday was a rare one. Many were not used to pushing carts overflowing with clothes and toys.

"Weird, because we're not used to doing that, so it was nice to be able to get some things she needed," said Stacey Slade, a mother. 
They got plenty of items, and parents didn't have to reach into their wallet. Instead, Target and the Danville Fraternal Order of Police picked up the tab.

"Local police officers and law enforcement divisions come in and they shop with kids that are at need in the community and Target provides a grant to help fund the event," said Nancy Knight, a Target representative. 

Each child got to spend 50 dollars on clothes, and another 50 on toys.

"One of these fairies you hold and it flies in the air. That was the one thing I couldn't get her for Christmas, so we were able to get that through the program, so we were grateful for that," said Slade. 

"It's just fun watching the kids run through the stores, I want this, I want that and grabbing this," said Shannon Edwards with the Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office. 

"Things are tight and Santa Claus probably wouldn't have been able to bring her as much as she got today so it meant the world to us," said Donna Hudson, a mother who also took part in the program. 

In addition to helping make Christmas extra special for the kids, law enforcement hopes events like these strengthen their relationship with the community.

"It was a lot of fun. We got to get to know the corporal here a little bit and we just had a great time picking out stuff," said Tina Hiltey, a mother. 

"We let them know that uniform police officers are their friends. Let's them understand that we're human beings too," said  Lt. Jerry Pace, with the  Danville Police Department.

The kids also took pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus during their shopping trip.
 
The kids also took pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus during their shopping trip.

When they were done, the kids  received teddy bears donated by the clothing store, Aeropostale.

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