Shop with a Cop Program Helps Families this Christmas

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By Katie Stinson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Some Cedar Rapids police officers added shopping to their list of duties today. Dozens of children got to cruise the aisles of Target with an officer for the "Shop with a Santa Cop" program.

It's sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Police Protective Association.Officers raise money and collect donations to make it all happen. Kids get a chance to pick out new winter clothes and some toys for Christmas.

"It's about having fun. It's about enjoying the holiday spirit. It's about giving back to the community and for the best thing we love, and that's working with the children," Sgt. Dan Jabens said.

The kids' names come from other community organizations as those who could benefit from the event. Organizers say the program also helps kids feel more comfortable around police. Officers also hold the "shop with a cop" program before school starts to help families afford school supplies.

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