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Police officers take kids Christmas shopping

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The police officers received a $500 donation from Old National Bank. The police officers received a $500 donation from Old National Bank.
Officers helped children shop for clothes and toys. Officers helped children shop for clothes and toys.

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Lawrence - While Santa is busy making his list and checking it twice, Lawrence police officers are giving him a head start on delivery.

Families in need got a chance to go shopping with a police officer Saturday at the Wal-Mart on Pendleton Pike.

"There's a much greater need nowadays," said Lawrence Police Officer Tom Ashcraft.

The department celebrated the 25th anniversary of their "Shop With A Cop" program.

"We're trying to reinforce the positive side of law enforcement so the kids become familiar with us and are willing to come up to us and talk to us," Officer Ashcraft said.

After pooling donations from the community, including a $500 donation from Old National Bank, each child was allowed to spend up to $150 on clothes, necessities and toys. The officers helped them pick out their presents.

"This is my vest and I'm going to wear it to school and show all the kids how good I look in it," one child said.

While the children are taking home new clothes and toys, officers say they are taking something else away from the day.

"We're taking home a big heart, very much. I mean, they're from our community and the big goal of it is to be a team effort, the kids and us working together," Officer Ashcraft said.

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