Officers fill in as Santa, go shopping with 100+ kids

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Cedar Rapids police officers not only donned their badges with pride, but included santa hats with their uniforms on Wednesday.

Cedar Rapids police officers spent their afternoon at Target, shopping with 106 kids as part of the Santa Cop program. The shopping happened Wednesday, December 6, 2017. (Randy Dircks, KCRG-TV9)

That's because officers teamed up with 106 kids for the annual Santa Cop program. The Cedar Rapids Police Protective Association held their annual event as they teamed up with Collins Community Credit Union and Target.

Kids went to the Target on Blairs Ferry Road where organizers teamed them up with an officer. Then they were given $100 to go shop for items like snow pants, jackets, boots, mittens, hats and underwear. Once those items were found, any left over money went toward a new toy.

There was something new with the Santa Cop program this year. Kids who are English Language Learners could also participate as interpreters joined in on the shopping fun.

Firefighters also donated about $7,000 to help the program.