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Kids Go Holiday Shopping With Law Enforcement

December 12, 2013, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Kids Go Holiday Shopping With Law Enforcement

On one special night during the holiday season, kids are able to work together with members of law enforcement to do some shopping.

These shopping teams are put together to help low-income families have a memorable Christmas morning.

Teanna Quinn worked with Sioux Falls officer Ryan Valland to make sure her niece, nephew, mom and sister were all getting gifts.

"Whenever I was walking around, it just snapped in my mind that they needed that or whatever, and so I got it," Teanna Quinn said.

"It's fun. It's humbling to be able to help somebody out and make them smile. I work as a police officer as much as I can to help people out and this is one way that I can," officer Ryan Valland said.

One of the things Teanna really wanted to buy was for her younger niece so they could go sledding.

"She don't have, like, she don't have snow pants or anything. She's got boots, but she got them, probably, from one of my sister's friends," Quinn said.

Now Teanna and her niece will be able to head outside, enjoy the snow and stay warm.

It is a gift made possible by the generosity of others.

"Not everybody's happy and enjoying it as much as they can because they don't have the freedom and opportunity to do this. Just to see people happy this time of year is something very, very special," Valland said.

Teanna got everything that she wanted from her shopping trip, and what she really wanted was to make her family happy for the holidays.

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