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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Albany and Dougherty County law enforcers took disadvantaged kids Christmas Shopping Tuesday.

First Albany Police, Dougherty County Police, and the Dougherty County School Police teamed with the Fraternal Order of Police for Shop with a Cop.

20 cops took 104 kids and family members shopping for toys and gifts at K-Mart.

The F-O-P raised $6000 to pay for the presents.

The cops went with the family members to help the kids with their Christmas shopping.

Ayiunna McKinney showed gifts she picked,  "I got scrabble. I got a baby doll, and I got moon sand."

Latae Judge, the mother of shop with a cop kids said "So just to have the blessing to be able to come out and shop for my kids for Christmas. Just lots of good things I may not have been able to give them without the help from shop with a cop."

This was the 25th year that Albany cops have taken kids Christmas shopping.

Tuesday afternoon Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul and his deputies took 16 kids for their 8th annual Shop with the Sheriff.

They enjoyed lunch together before shopping at K-Mart.

The kids were recommended by counselors at schools.

Sheriff Sproul said this is his favorite annual event, especially since a high schooler recently told him how much the event meant to him when he was little.

Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul said  "You took me to K-Mart shopping for Christmas. I didn't remember him. But for him to remember that and the impact it had, and for him to still be in school, a tenth grader, meant a lot to me."

The Exchange Club of Southwest Georgia donated $1000 for Shop with the Sheriff and Sheriff Sproul matched it with community funds.

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