Kids & Cops Fill Shopko Stores for "Shop With a Cop" - WBAY

Kids & Cops Fill Shopko Stores for "Shop With a Cop"

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Breakfast started early for more than a dozen kids in De Pere Saturday morning.

"Smiles on their faces," Jake Sylverster said, the general manager of the local McDonald's.

In fact these kids, along with more than 150 across Brown County paired up with police officers for the 19th annual Shop with a Cop.

"Ok c'mon over here," Officer Jedd Bradley said, rolling a shopping cart through Shopko.

Each kid, selected by their school, teamed up with a local officer to shop for their family who otherwise wouldn't have had the chance to buy presents.

"Not many people get to do this," Ashton Catteruccia said from De Pere.

Each family provided a list of necessities for officers.

"You go home with a real self appreciation," Bradley said, a police officer in De Pere. "It's a great, great feeling knowing you're putting a smile and a present under the tree for them."

The event's complete with a wrapping, taping and tagging each gift.

"My mom never got a present before for Christmas," Mason Benecke said. "So I'm just really feeling happy that she's getting one this year."

The morning is filled with smiles and carts full of gifts.

"It's just a real uplifting experience with a kid who cares about his parents and cares about his brothers and sisters," Officer Lee Townsend said with the De Pere Police Department.

Officers from agencies across Brown County participated Saturday.

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