Back to school shopping with a cop

By Celsy Martindale

August 1, 2013 Updated Aug 1, 2013 at 6:57 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill -- The days are numbered for kids on summer vacation and that means back to school shopping.

On Thursday The Pekin Salvation Army teamed up with the Pekin Police Department to help some children get what they needed to succeed in the classroom.

Fourteen children were picked by the Salvation Army to go to Target and shop for their school supplies with police officers.

The police officers donated their time and believe it shows children they aren't as intimidating as they look.

"It helps them see that we are not so gruff, that we really are out to have fun with them," said Officer Mike Eeten, Pekin Police Department. "The officers here today, as I've been watching them, have been having a great time with the kids, being able to relate to them, putting on their shoes. We care about them."

This is the third year the Pekin Police Department has teamed up with the Salvation Army for "Shop with a Cop."