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Durant law enforcement holds 12th annual "Shop with a Cop"

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Published: Dec. 20, 2019 at 3:35 PM CST
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Law enforcement in Durant got to play the role of Santa to hundreds of kids Friday morning in their 12th annual "Shop with a Cop".

"I got clothes, I got a sweatshirt," said Ruby Stafford.

"I got a Fortnite action figure, and we also got Fortnite Nerf guns," said Benjamin Gibson.

"I got a horse, and sound pods," said Lexie Stafford.

With 350 kids to take care of and $25,000 from sponsorships and donations ready to spend, Durant Police Captain John Wyatt says this was the biggest "Shop with a Cop" in the 12 years this event has taken place.

"This is community policing. This is where the community and the police department come together for a common good, help their kids that are struggling," said Captain Wyatt.

This year, 50 members of law enforcement from police, sheriff's deputies, EMS workers, even a K-9 unit, all played the role of Santa.

"They all want to help. You see everybody out here, they enjoy it, they want the kids to realize the police officers are there to help them," said Captain Wyatt.

Something the kids are thankful for.

"It's an honor because you get to spend time with the guys who help out in the community, and they help you by getting you gifts," said Sean Maiden.

"I think it shows that they care to take the time off work and come out here and spend time with the children and help them find what they want and get them what they want," said Lucas Maiden.

Captain Wyatt said there are already big plans for next Christmas.

"We could literally double next year with the way we got this setup. If we can continue to get the volunteers and the sponsorships and different organizations that want to help us, we'll have the money to be able to do this," said Captain Wyatt.

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