'Shop with a Cop' helps local families in need this holiday season

DERBY, Kan. (KWCH) Many of us are shopping for the holidays but giving isn't something everyone is able to do easily.

The Derby Police Department partnered with students from area schools for their annual 'Shop with a Cop' program Saturday morning.

The school district selected eight kids from each elementary school to receive a little extra help this holiday season.

Officers picked them up from their homes to start the day, then headed to Starbucks for hot chocolate and pastries before shopping.

For Lieutenant Jimmy Queen, it's hard to put into words what it's like to see the kids and officers shopping together each year.

"Most officers get involved in this because they want to help their community. They want to help protect their community," Queen said. "So when you get to see the kids being happy, being able to help their families, which is what we do, I can't describe it."

Eight-year-old Christopher is an elementary student in Derby. He described his gifts to Officer Drinnen, excited about gifting each one to his family.

"I got chicken for Abby and I got this smooshy stuff...these two are for Oliver. This is for me."

Pizza johns provided lunch and donated a little extra so more kids could shop this year than in previous years.

"We started out with seven kids. Pizza Johns gave us some money last year because they wanted to be more involved, so we moved it up to nine kids," Queen said.

The officers headed back to the station after shopping to wrap the gifts, eat pizza and give a stocking and extra gift to the kids.