New Bedford Police Officers holiday shop with kids in need
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WJAR) —
It's a shopping experience in the spirit of giving.
About a hundred children from the New Bedford area, paired up New Bedford police officers, to shop at the Dartmouth Target Saturday.
"I picked up Lego City Coast Guard, the plane, a boat," one child told NBC10.
This is the second year of a program called Presents with Police, ensuring disadvantaged children will have something to open on Christmas morning.
"A lot of them, this might be the only presents they get under the tree," said New Bedford Police Officer Jeremy DeMello, who organized the event.
Many of the children who were shopping also wanted to make sure family members were taken care of.
"We've had ones come up and say “Oh I want to get something for Mom, I want to get something for Dad,’ so they're definitely in the Christmas spirit of getting something for others not just themselves," said Officer DeMello.
"She got couple of things for herself, and something for our other brothers and sisters," one girl who was shopping with her sister told NBC10.
The funds to buy the gifts came from the New Bedford Police Union, individual officers, as well as Target and some local businesses.
After the shopping, the children boarded buses to the Keith Middle School to have the gifts wrapped, and also enjoyed a pizza lunch, donated by Busters Sports Bar and Grill.
One goal of the program is to let the kids in the city know police officers are there to help them.
"As people who go out of our way to make their days better, make their lives better," said Officer DeMello.