Police host annual Shop with a Cop

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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) -- Ardmore Police kicked off its annual Shop with a Cop program Monday night, taking more than 100 underprivileged children shopping in the course of two nights.

"I don't know how I would do Christmas without them," Single mother Cesaley Dixon said. "I love the fact that the community is helping families that can't financially do it."

For nearly 30 years, the Ardmore Police Department has taken underprivileged children shopping for Christmas, this year with the help of the nonprofit Heroes with Hope.

"We're going to have two trips, per night. And each of those trips we're going to have 25 kids per trip," Heroes with Hope Director Melissa Woolly said. "So over the next couple of days, we're going to take over 100 kids shopping."

"They're doing it for kids and stuff so they can have fun." 8-year-old shopper Jorden Huff said.

And that's what Woolly says she enjoys most.

"My most favorite part is being able to gather the kids up, and see the excitement and the enthusiasm, and just the joy the kids have of being able to go into Walmart." Woolly said.

And she's not the only one.

"Its good to have the kids out, and let them get some gifts that they probably wouldn't be able to get before," First time participant and Ardmore police officer Skyler Bartlett said. "And get to hang out with cops, and ride along in the cars. Its a lot of fun."

Thanks to donations raised over the last couple months, each kid was given a $100 spending budget.

"The kids we brought today, looking at the stuff we purchased, really good stuff," Detective Matt Dunn said. "Some games, some clothes. Just a lot of good things."

And Bartlett says that's what its all about.

"They all seem excited, and have fun playing with the sirens and stuff on the way here," Bartlett said. "So, its good. Definitely doing it again next year."

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