About 35 police officers and firefighters responded to one local store Sunday morning, but there was no emergency.
They were paired up with some little buddies to do some holiday shopping.
"I would say they are nice and helpful, and they should be blessed because they are helping some families that don't have money to shop for Christmas," said participant Jawon Burns.
The 5th annual Shop with a Cop and Firefighter program kicked off Sunday morning at a Walmart in the Northland. The men and women who often see families in crisis were excited to spread some holiday cheer by making sure each child and their families in the program will have a gift to unwrap Christmas morning.
"The officers get a chance to spend time with kids in the community developing partnership. Take them out and show them Christmas cheer," said Sgt. Brent Holland, with the Riverside Police Department.
"The smiles we see on kids faces and the parents. Lots of kids don't just shop for themselves. They shop for moms and dads, uncles, brothers and sisters. Pretty cool to watch that happen. They don't just come in here thinking about themselves," said Chief Gordon Fowlston, with the Riverside Fire Department.
And this was quite the shopping spree.
A total of $10,000 was spent Sunday at the Walmart. The money was raised by the Riverside Fire and Police Athletic League as well as donations from the community.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-09-02 22:45:12 GMT
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