During this time of year, many local families struggle to afford the cost of the holiday season. Local Police and Sheriff's Deputies in Watertown worked to change that for about 40 children Saturday. Our Amanda Kelley tells us about the annual Shop with a Cop Program and the Christmas Spirit they helped spread.
WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Dozens of children were granted their holiday wishes in Watertown Saturday. The seventh annual Shop With a Cop gave forty kids the opportunity to buy Christmas presents for themselves and family members.
Each child took a ride from the public safety building to Walmart in a patrol car, and then went on a $200 shopping spree.
The program has grown thanks to donations from local organizations and individuals.
Many kids as well as the cops know this program is what helps make Christmas possible.
"Because a lot of people don't have Christmas, like in North America, and stuff like that and we just need to help them," said Joshua Hall.
"if it wasn't for this program they probably wouldn't be able to get their mother or father or brother or sisters a gift. So I think this is certainly well worth the effort that we put into it, and it's a great program," said John Burns, Jefferson County Sheriff.
The kids also got a pizza party at Sam's Club to top off their shopping experience.