CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A group of children went shopping with some very special helpers Monday morning.
The Cape Coral annual Shop with a Cop event provided presents for 40 children. It provides gifts to kids in need, and builds relationships at the same time.
Brooke Holley has a special shopping buddy: Captain Lisa Barnes with the Cape Coral Police Department. When asked what was her favorite thing about shopping today, she said "Having to go shopping with a cop!"
The program is aimed at giving needy kids and their entire families a merry Christmas.
"We go through and look at what the specific circumstances that each kid faces whether it's a medical issue, for themselves or someone in their family, a hardship that may occur," said Sgt. Dana Coston with the Cape Coral Police Dept.
After everyone was done shopping at Walmart they all came to the Cape Coral Police Department training center, where it was turned into Santa's workshop. It's an opportunity to build positive relationships and keeping the spirit of giving alive.
"This really gets back to the heart of what it means to be a police officer. Helping people," said Sgt. Coston.
"A gentlemen saw we were having issues paying for (one of the girl's) gifts, back in the games, so he walked up and gave us 35 dollars," said officer Kelvin Thompkins. "It truly shows the spirit of giving exists and that it's just a good thing to see."
The amount of money each child receives, depends of the number of people in their family. Often times the cops would also pay out-of-pocket for some of the presents.