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30 Homeless Kids Get Amazing Christmas Shopping Sprees Courtesy of Kind-Hearted Cops

by Jacqueline Burt on December 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

girl with toy Over two dozen Maui Police Department officers played Santa Claus to 30 kids this weekend as part of the annual "Shop for a Cop" event, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: Law enforcement officials take children from a local shelter for homeless families to Kmart, give each kid a shopping cart, and help them choose up to $100 worth of merchandise. FREE SHOPPING SPREE!

As for what sort of "merchandise" the kids went for, well, since the ages ranged from 4 to 14 years old, their picks were pretty much all over the map ...

But, naturally, practical stuff like tube socks and underwear weren't tops on anybody's list. These kids wanted -- and deserved -- toys!

I honestly wonder who gets more of a kick out of this event: The cops or the kids? I mean, of course the kids are ecstatic, but as a mom, I can't even begin to imagine how heartwarming it must be for the police officers to give underprivileged kids the run of a Kmart toy department during the holidays. Even the employees get involved, apparently, dressing up like elves for the occasion. There's a "Santa" on hand, too, giving out gift-wrapped surprises (in addition to the $100).

The shopping spree was funded by Kmart and the Kiwanis clubs of South Maui and Kahului (hint, hint, other organizations every place else!). And, of course, the Christmas spirit.

Do you think the kids or the cops get more out of this Christmas shopping spree?

 

Image via Rain0975/Flickr

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  • sugar...
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    sugarmansmom

    December 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    I used to do "shopping with Santa" every year- we would take 30 to 50 kids depending on the budget that year, and they each got $100 bucks to spend on their family and themselves for xmas.  Almost all of the kids did focus on practical things-my brother needs a coat, mommy needs shoes-so all of us volunteers would end up giving them a little extra out of pocket to spend on themselves.  Then we'd take them back to the hall and help them wrap gifts, have lunch and visit with Santa- I definately think we got more out of it than the kids did-the feeling is indescribable!  


  • MammaMel
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    MammaMel

    December 17, 2012 at 12:37 PM
    Indianapolis has one of the biggest "Shop With a Cop" the kids get picked up by a cruiser, get to meet SANTA, see a movie, get a meal, get to shop for toys, get a back-pack with hygiene products/gift certificates/coupons, ANNNND a food basket for their family! This is so much more than just giving back-this program could change a child's life!
  • c_gal...
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    c_galvan87

    December 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM
    That's.amazing. God bless everyone involved
  • c_gal...
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    c_galvan87

    December 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM
    That's.amazing. God bless everyone involved
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    Christen Aubuchon

    December 17, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    That is so awesome, it is good to hear stories such as these. Giving hope to those kids. Just giving them a day filled with joy and laughter, and getting into the spirit as well.


  • Marie...
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    Marie Molnar

    December 17, 2012 at 9:01 PM

     

     

    From the perspective as a former child who had something like this done I would say the children got a extreme amount out of it.  The toys are good but the fact that they learned there are actually people out there that care and acknowledge they are there is more than words. When I was a child in California K-mart did this for underprivileged children. My brother and I were part of this group, we got to see Santa, he gave us a wrapped present and then we were given a 50 dollar gift certificate to get anything we wanted in the store. That year Christmas was amazing for the simple fact that we normally didn't get presents because the money went to put a roof over our head.

     

     


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