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Cops Go Shopping

By Kelly Bartnick
Published: December 13, 2011, 10:10 PM

Cops Go Shopping
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SIOUX FALLS, SD - Police targeted kids Tuesday night for a good cause. The Sioux Falls Police Department and The Banquet partnered to give kids in need a holiday shopping spree of their own.

It's not Santa's sleigh, but it may as well be. A trip on the trolley to Target means the kids on board hit the mother load this holiday season.

"They can shop for themselves, family, friends, a teacher; anybody that they want to shop for," the Banquet's Special Events Director Madeline Shields said.

And they get to shop with a cop. Sioux Falls Police, Minnehaha County Sheriff's deputies, the Highway Patrol and everyone in between traded in their real guns for the plastic kind in Target's toy aisles Tuesday night.

"Maybe they have not had the best experience with police officers in their homes or maybe outside of their homes. So, this is really a way for children to see police in a positive light," Shields said.

Each child's $50 gift card is courtesy of Target. Four year-old James was there picking up some things for himself and a few for his family too.

"I like cops," said James, "I got Captain America and a car. I got two Spider Mans."

"Everybody is happy. Everybody is having fun. The families are grateful and officers are having fun shopping," Shields said.

And for this night, a police escort is better than one even Santa could provide. 

The Sioux Falls Police Department makes all of the arrangements for tonight's event.

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