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Petal families "Shop with a Cop"

Petal Police officers review purchases in this year's Shop with a Cop program. Petal Police officers review purchases in this year's Shop with a Cop program.

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Several deserving Petal children have learned this Christmas that Santa Claus can sometimes wear blue instead of red.

Wednesday, they were taken on a special holiday shopping spree at the Petal Walmart, courtesy of the Petal Police Dept.'s, "Shop with a Cop" program.

The youngsters, from five selected disadvantaged families, were allowed to purchase $220 worth of clothing and toys.

Petal Police were able to raise $2,600 in donations for this year's shopping spree, including $1,000 from a single donor.

"A lot of times with a police officer, we get to see the negative side of a situation," said Patrolman Jeremy Brown, of the Petal Police Dept. "This way, we get to come in and see the positive side of a situation and we get to spend time with the kids, share some time with the families," Brown said.

Petal Police have been involved in the "Shop with a Cop" program for about 10 years. 

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