Kids and cops team up to shop for the holidays

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- Christmas came early today for some area children Sunday.

The Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department held its 22nd "Kids n' Cops" event at Target in Eau Claire.

The program focuses on kids who have had some kind of contact with law enforcement in the last year.

Officers from all around the area teamed up with the kids and helped them get clothes, winter gear, and even a few toys.

Sergeant Mike Mayer says this shows the kids that police are here to help and not hurt them.

“It’s great that we get to talk to the people they get to see us in a different light and they get to pick on us. That's the important thing here is the children see us in a whole different light,” Mayer said.

Money for the event was raised by a number of fundraisers officers held throughout the year.

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