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10 kids get to shop for toys with cops for Christmas

WEST MEMPHIS, Arka. -- The West Memphis Police Department partnered with the Steudlein Learning Center to bring kids shopping for Christmas.

The Steudlein Learning Center is a special need early intervention center that serves children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age.

"They receive developmental therapy every day, speech, OT, and physically therapy if needed," explains Executive Director Laura Carlson, when talking about how they help children. 

Police Captain Joe Baker told WREG that this "Shop with a Cop" program was to help children in the area who were in need of a little extra help this Christmas.

"There are lots of kids in this community, or really impoverished communities, that may not have the funds to get everything they may need or want at Christmas time," expressed Baker.

"We feel like it's really important to get this out into the community. We'd like to get it bigger next year to just give these kids something back at Christmas time."

Baker says they received a donation that allowed them to give the 10 children a 100 dollar gift card to each one.

They then went shopping with an officer to pick out toys they wanted.

One officer asked one child who they decided to get a Troll doll house for.

He responds, "My Sista'"