Kids in Warner Robins happy and thankful after ‘shop with a cop’ event

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Kids in Warner Robins got an early Christmas surprise all thanks to the Warner Robins Police Department and Walmart. The department held its first annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ on Thursday.

“It means a bunch because I finally get to get what I wanted,” said 10 year-old Emarion Lowe.

For kids like Emarion, this Christmas was one they’ll never forget.

“I really don’t wanna cry right because I feel really happy,” he said.

Lowe was one of 80 kids in Warner Robins who got their letters to Santa answered with a trip to Walmart courtesies of Warner Robins Police.

“It’s really great to see because the kids are super excited,” said Chief Brett Evans.

Dozens of officers came out on Thursday.

“They’re here on their own time and they’ve volunteered to come down and this is something they’ve got a heart for,” Evans continued.

Officers paired up with kids–escorting them around the store a letting them choose their heart’s desire.

“I got roller skates, a fidget cube, a basketball,” said De’Anthony Walton.

“This was always my dream to get a tablet for myself–I always wanted one for two years but no one ever gave it to me,” Emarion explained.

Principal of Perdue Primary in Houston County Leslie Schultz says those 80 angels chosen to shop with a cop were picked for a reason.

“We just have some kids at school who work really hard that deserve to have a really great Christmas,” she said.

Kids like De’Anthony Walton–a student at Miller Elementary School.

“It’s not every day that a kid gets to get something free because somebody cares. It’s not every day,” De’Anthony said.

He says as grateful as he was to get what was on his list this year, he’d be just as happy seeing it go to someone else.

“If I could come down to the cancer place and give all of the other kids my gifts–I would.”

Big smiles, good gifts and great spirits, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Warner Robins.

Chief Evans says all the donations to make shop with a cop possible were given anonymously.

So Old St. Nick might just be involved after all.