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Bentonville Shop With a Cop Providing for Almost Twice As Many Kids

For some families in Northwest Arkansas, Christmas is seen more as a struggle than a celebration.
For some families in Northwest Arkansas, Christmas is seen more as a struggle than a celebration.

Local police departments have been pitching in for several years through their "Shop With A Cop" programs.

Monday morning more children than ever in the Bentonville School District got to check items off their Christmas lists for free.

"It's heartwarming, we live for this day every year," Officer Michael Martin, President of Bentonville Fraternal Order of Police said.

Forty-two kids and 42 cops, checking their lists, and checking them twice.

"Giving is so much more than receiving and this is proof of that," Martin said.

Children from the Bentonville School District are chosen based on need to participate in the 9th annual Shop With A Cop program.

"They get to find out that cops are real people they love people, they have warm hearts and so it kind of bonds them with a cop," he said.

The children have about 250 dollars to spend, but many were buying gifts for others and not just themselves.

"I have some bay blades for me and my brother, I have some DS games for me and my brother," Devon Hopkins said.

"I really love to give people presents. I like to see what their faces look like when they open them on Christmas Eve," Kendra McMaster said.

"It makes me feel happy and I hope it makes my family feel happy," McKenzie Broadway said.

"Most of these kids would not even have a Christmas if it wasn't for this day. So when you touch their lives and you know on Christmas morning that they're going to have a Christmas, it just makes you feel so much better as a person," Martin said.

Making seasons brighter, one basket at a time.

"This is the best day ever," McMaster said.


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