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‘It’s just amazing!’ Colonial Heights Police take children on Christmas shopping spree

Posted at 2:47 AM, Dec 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-21 06:52:56-05

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. -- Just in time for the holidays, some Colonial Heights police officers, along with volunteers and teachers, joined forces to spread Christmas cheer to some special children and their families Sunday.

Thanks to a grant from Target and the Kiwanis Club, ten children got to shop for clothes and their favorite toys.

"I got stuff for my uncle, my mom and my cousin," one little girl said.

And it's not just fun for the kids. It's also fun for the officers, volunteers and Target workers.

"To see the kids come in and shop with cops, it's an awesome experience and makes an exciting day for the kids," Target’s Marc Monteleone said.

Colonial Heights Police Chief Jeffrey Fares said the occasion is a favorite for his officers.

"It's just amazing how excited they've been to walk around with people who care about them,” Fares said “Police officers, volunteers in our community and school administrators."

While Fares said he wishes there were more grants to go around, he said the grins from ear to ear make the season ever brighter.

"No price can pay for the smiles on their faces," he said.