BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Twenty local children got a special chance to do some Christmas shopping with law enforcement Monday.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office took kids on a shopping spree at the newly reopened Target on Millerville. The children were each given a $250 gift card. The young shoppers were nominated by community leaders based on need.
"A little nervous about seeing all the police and why are the police here and then we kind of explain what's going on and you see their tension and their shoulders drop and their smiles start coming and then we say, 'Okay, go get whatever you want.' And they just say 'yay' and take off running down the aisle. It just warms my heart," said Chad Parker with EBRSO.
"It's nice of them to give us money so we can go shopping for Christmas," said Ken'lysia Washington, one of the children who received a gift card.
"It's amazing how the people let us do it," said Makayla Breazeale, another shopper.
Target started the "Shop with a Cop" program as a way to build positive relationships between law enforcement and the children in the community.