Shop with a Cop

By WEEK Reporter

December 9, 2010 Updated Dec 9, 2010 at 11:29 PM CDT

Thanks to the help of the East Peoria Police Department, underprivileged children around the area will have gifts to give this holiday season.

As part of East Peoria's Shop with a Cop program, children in need could splurge on themselves and family for the holidays.

East Peoria Police Officers guided the children on a shopping spree through Wal-Mart Thursday night.

"It affords the kids that may not have things for Christmas,it affords that opportunity to have a nice Christmas, and we're just really happy and proud to be apart of the celebration," said East Peoria Police Chief Ed Papis.

Around 20 officers participated in this years event.

A similar event was also held in Bloomington today.

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