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Shop with a Cop supports those less fortunate

Nineteen area youngsters between the ages of 2 and 11 were honored Saturday morning during the Grass Valley Police Department's Shop with a Cop program, now in its 27th year.

After a shopping spree at Kmart, where officers helped the children select items of their choosing, the kids were taken to IHOP for breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

"This really makes my whole Christmas right here," Grass Valley councilwoman Jan Arbuckle said.

Both her and councilman Ben Aguilar attended the event and could be seen smiling from behind racks of clothes and toys while watching the children shop for themselves.

"For many of these kids, this is the first time when they can pick whatever it is they want from the store," Arbuckle said.

Children from less than fortunate situations are referred to the Grass Valley Police Department every year by different government entities and organizations from within the community to take part in the Shop with a Cop event.

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