LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Laurel Police are reaching out to make Christmas a happier time for some children in need.
20 kids were taken on holiday shopping sprees Saturday morning at the Laurel Walmart as part of the annual "Shop with a Cop" program.
Contributions from generous donors gave the youngsters $200 each to spend on clothes, toys and anything else they wanted.
"It's a great thing that they do every year," said Cari Peak.
Her children were being helped by the program.
"This is the first year that we've applied for it and it's just wonderful. I couldn't believe we were selected and I'm very grateful."
"A lot of these children have suffered tragedies this year," said Sgt. Michael Reaves, of the Laurel Police Department. "Some of them have lost parents in accidents and things like that. Typically, we'll end up usually with at least one family that has suffered maybe a house fire or something right here at Christmastime."
The program is organized through Laurel's Fraternal Order of Police.