By Charles Herrington| December 22, 2011 at 8:11 PM CST - Updated June 26 at 4:15 AM
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.