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Anna school kids "Shop with a cop" this holiday season

ANNA, IL (KFVS) - As Christmas gets closer, parents are checking off items on their kids wish lists. For some, those wishes never come true.

This is why law enforcement officials in Anna, Illinois provided more than just protection for 30 kids this holiday season.

Both Firefighters and Police officers in Anna gave the kids $100 each to spend at Wal-mart earlier this evening any way they choose.

One-by-one kids made their way through the isles -with a little help from a hero.

From dolls to footballs, these kids knew exactly what they wanted.

For more than 20 years, officials in Anna make sure no kid goes without on Christmas with their "shop with a cop" event.

For Pacey, it was all about the pink.

"It reads right books to you," Pacey said.

Others chose fan gear.

"How big of a Cardinals fan are you?"

"BIG!,” said one child.

But for some, it was not all about buying for themselves.

"It makes you feel good that they think about their family," Assistant Police Chief Michael Hunter said.  

And it wasn't just the kids who walked away feeling full.

"As a firefighter we are able to see people on their worse days, but it is always nice to see people when they are having fun,” Scott Bennett Anna Fire and Rescue said.

Having fun filling shopping carts and the hearts of children.

"It is just a real joy to watch them,” Pam Needling, a school board member, said.

Volunteers says in years past, kids have come in wanting to buy up a blow up mattress because they didn't have a bed to sleep on at home.

If you would like to donate, there is an account set already for next year.

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