Christmas angels disguised as deputies help kids' wishes come true
BATON ROUGE- Twenty kids got a chance at having a happier holiday season Tuesday morning.
Tuesday, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies took the kids shopping during its annual Shop with a Cop event at Target. The children, nominated by school guidance counselors based on need, got $100 to spend on Christmas gifts or items for themselves. Most, though, spent the money for everyone in their family.
"It's a great event, a great way for law enforcement to build relationships with these kids," Casey Hicks, the department's spokesperson said. "We want them to have positive associations with our deputies and know they can trust us. The bonus is, we get to help be a part of making their Christmas brighter," Hicks said.
Children and deputies went aisle-by-aisle picking out the perfect items. The kids, glowing with smiles, left happy after Target employees wrapped the gifts.
"You can't help but leave here feeling happier," Hicks said.
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