WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - The Waterloo Police Department gave back to the community with the 6th Annual Cops and Kids Christmas Shopping Event.
Kids are paired with an officer to pick out their Christmas gifts for themselves and their families.
Nearly 40 kids took to the aisles of Waterloo's Target to do some Christmas shopping. Each kid has the important choice of deciding what to get for Christmas. In a partnership with many organizations in Waterloo, the kids are recommended for the program.
"We pair them with the officers and the kids come here to shop with the officer one-on-one," says Waterloo Police Foundation Chairperson David McFarland. "They shop for the family and we make sure the kids gets a gift themselves."
Kids are shopping for toys through kitchen ware, with a $200 spending limit, all funds come from generous donors. The Guzman family says shopping with an officer means a lot.
"Our family had a house fire earlier this year," says Mia Guzman. "We lost everything so it was kind of nice for my daughter to help out, and offer stuff for the kids for Christmas."
One of the many fun factors is the element of surprise. Kids wrapped the gifts after shopping, parents have to wait until Christmas to find out what they chose.
"They had the list, I was at work when they made all this stuff up, I have no clue," says Randy Spiers.
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