New Bedford police officers go holiday shopping with children

New Bedford police officers went holiday shopping with children Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (New Bedford police)

Children in New Bedford were left smiling Saturday morning after police officers took them on a Christmas shopping trip.

The New Bedford Police Department participated in the "Presents with Police" event, where they went to Target to buy Christmas gifts with the children.

The department said the holiday event "allows officers to provide gifts for children who might otherwise go without this Christmas."

Police told NBC 10 News that about 100 officers went shopping with 100 kids to make memories and build bonds that will last a lifetime.

"The children selected presents for themselves and their family members to ensure they will have gifts to open Christmas morning," said the department in a press release.

The New Bedford Police Union, Target, and other local businesses made financial contributions to make this event possible.

According to police, the shopping lasted for about an hour.

The children were then transported to Keith Middle School where they, along with the officers, wrapped their gifts. They also enjoyed a pizza lunch that was donated by Busters Sports Bar and Grill.

Saturday's event marked the third year of Presents with Police.

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