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Dec 10, 2013 7:51 PM by Janine Reyes

Shop With A Cop Program Low on Funds

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Dozens of kids in Flour Bluff have some new clothes and shoes tonight. They also have a couple new toys, all thanks to the Shop with a Cop program.

The kids got to shop for shoes, clothes and much needed cold weather gear.

"I'm looking for like pants and all that, and then shorts and then we get a toy, maybe," Derek Busey said excitedly as he shopped.

"I need jackets because I don't have very much and also its really cold," Kylie Bunting told us while she looked for warmer clothing. She and other kids selected by their school counselors got to shop with a cop today. The Coastal Bend had the second largest program of it's kind, it's the 16th year for CCPD.

Bunting is excited she'll get her own jacket, because today, she's wearing her mom's.

All of the kids say they're thankful for the experience.

"Right now, I'm feeling really grateful because for them to come out and do this for us, that's a really nice thing for them to do," Myazja Lister told us.

"Our ultimate goal is that later on when they're growing up and they have a tough choice to make, they remember us and they see the good things about this," Senior Officer Javier Cantu said.

Officers hope one day these kids will turn around and help others by paying it forward, and today, some already wanted to.

"I really want to go to the toys because I really want to get Christmas toys for my mom and dad," one girl said as she began her shopping spree.

Even though donations fell a little short this year, police are still plan to provide gifts for hundreds of children in the Coastal Bend.

If you'd like to donate to the program, call 882-2367.

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