ORLANDO, Fla. – Dozens of local kids will have a brighter Christmas, thanks to Orlando police's "Shop with a Cop" event.
Officers, including Police Chief John Mina, took 52 children to Walmart on Kirkland road in Orlando today for a special Christmas shopping spree.
Each child was given a $50 gift card before entering the store.
Orlando police chose two children from the 26 elementary schools in Orlando to participate in "Shop with a Cop."
Children are thrilled to get new toys for Christmas. But for officers, it's all about building relationships with the kids in a non-law enforcement setting. They feel it allows the children to see a different side of police officers and build positive connections with them at a young age.
This is Orlando Police Department's 13th year hosting the event.