With the help of police officers, hundreds of children in need picked out clothing and other things from their Christmas lists.

By Meghan Overdeep
December 07, 2017
Springdale Police Department

Christmas came early for children in need in Springdale, Arkansas this week.

After raising $50,000 through their annual Shop with a Cop initiative, Springdale Police Department officers treated 250 kids and their families to a Walmart shopping spree on Tuesday.

According to local news station KFSM, each kid got about $150 to spend on whatever they wanted. They picked out some things from their Christmas lists, but most of the money was used to buy new clothes.

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"Then my mommy doesn't have to spend a lot of money," one young shopper told the station. "Right now we're trying to find some outfits, so we can have pants and a shirt so we don't have to worry about finding pants."

Lieutenant Jeff Taylor said the shopping day not only enables these families to have a Christmas, it also gives them an opportunity to meet and spend time with the officers who serve them.

"It's a very non-stressful event for the families and for the officers," Taylor told KFSM. "It helps the officers to just bridge that gap to build that community with the young kids in the community."