Twenty kids hit the aisles of K-Mart Saturday morning with Quincy Police officers by their sides.
The kids had their Christmas lists in hand and were given $40 each to shop for their family for Christmas as a part of "Shop with a Cop."
Ariel Bonds brought her 8 year-old daughter Aniela to shop, and said it makes her daughter feel special.
"It gives them a sense of that they can be independent that they get to get something for their parents, and for their loved ones and brothers and sisters. It excites them," said Bonds.
Bonds said her daughter actually used to be scared of cops until she attended this event before, and says shopping with a cop helps eliminate negative stereotypes of police officers at an early age for children.
"There not just about getting people. They are about caring and giving and helping people out, so it helped her get over her fear of cops," said Bonds.
QPD records supervisor Susan Vahlkamp helped kids shop today and agrees with Bonds that today's event helps build a positive bond police officers and children in the community.
"It is just a good way for the kids to meet police officers in an environment that is nice and friendly. You know usually when people have encounters with the police it is not always good and this lets them know that police are people too," said Bonds.
The children received a gift from the Quincy Police Department and K-Mart.
The money for the event was provided by the Quincy Police Benevolent.
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