Police officers take hundreds of at-risk kids Christmas shopping

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A warm breakfast was served Saturday morning to a group of kids who were going to need energy for the day ahead.

“We're having a big breakfast with all the kids, some raffle prizes," said Jim Hill with the Police Officers of Scottsdale Association. "Once everything is done, from here we're going to send groups of kids up to the Wal-Mart in a lighted escort. They're all going to get $150, paired up with somebody from law enforcement, and go Christmas shop."

It was Shop with a Cop day in Scottsdale, and 350 at-risk kids were about to have their Christmas transformed.

“It's a good, positive experience with the police," Hill said. "A lot of these kids, they're from areas where police only show up when there's trouble. Nobody ever calls us to say, 'Hey, we're having a great day,' so this is one of those times they get to see us as human beings and not just the uniform."

Local community centers and human services choose which kids are the most in need. The cops then volunteer their time to make sure they have a good Christmas.

Zach O'Conner shopped with a cop last year and found that the kids don't just buy for themselves.

“They mostly spend for their parents, their brothers, sisters, grandparents, and they have a couple of things that they spend for themselves," he said. "This is mostly for their entire family.”