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Nearly 500 kids shop with a cop in St. Francois County

FARMINGTON, MO (KFVS) -

Nearly 500 children got the opportunity to buy gifts because of law enforcement in Saint Francois County, Missouri.

The shop with a cop program is one of the largest in the state.

The children were able to spend $100 each on whatever they wanted in the Farmington, Missouri Walmart.

Officers from the sheriff's department, Farmington Police and even cadets at the police academy, helped the children pick out their items.

Lora Henson with the sheriff's department explained the reason for the event.

"This is important because number one it brings the community together, what's here stays here," Henson said. "The kids may never have a Christmas without that, and to see the looks on the kids faces make it all worthwhile."

Officers spend all year raising about $50,000 for the event.

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