LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of children from underprivileged families in the Jones County area are going to have a happy Christmas this year, thanks to the Laurel Police Department and many generous donors. Saturday morning, 40 kids were taken on a shopping spree at Wal-Mart, courtesy of the Laurel Fraternal Order of Police.
It was part of the annual "Shop with a Cop."
Each child got $200 worth of gifts, including toys, electronics and clothes. They and their families were escorted by Laurel Police officers.
"This is my 7th year and I have fun doing it each and every year and I just love the expression on kids' faces," said Michael Clark, chaplain of the Laurel Fraternal Order of Police.
"What motivates me is seeing these kids and the smile on their face, just being able to help them, it just makes my day," said Cpl. Ted Ducksworth of the Laurel Police Dept.
"I think it's a wonderful thing that they're doing, it's going to be a lot of help to me," said Jacqueline House, a parent of one of the children.
"It helps a lot, especially during this critical time of the year, when you're not able to get your children everything you want," said Vera Buxton, who shopped with her niece at the event.
Officers say it's the largest number of children they've been able to help and it's all because of donations which totaled $8,000.