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Published December 07, 2010, 09:34 AM

Lisbon area law enforcement take deserving children on a shopping spree

Lisbon, ND (WDAY TV) - Picture this: Telling a group of kids they each have more than 100 dollars to spend on toys. Can you imagine the frenzy in the aisles? Tonight, 6 different law enforcement agencies from the Lisbon area took children who've suffered a family loss, or financial difficulties, on a shopping spree.

For some area Lisbon kids, this holiday is particularly hard. But, armed with more than 2-thousand dollars, shopping lists, and holiday cheer, teens and pre-teens didn't have a care in the world tonight. It was time to shop.

By the looks of this long line of cop cars, you'd think a major disaster happened in this small town. No, this parade of justice keepers had one mission tonight: convene at Alco shopping store in Lisbon, and then let these kids loose in the toy machine gun and Barbie Doll filled aisles.

Brothers Ashton and Lucien Peterson darted around the aisles, finding the perfect present for mom, dad, 2 brothers and sister. Something they wouldn't be able to do without these men and women in blue.

ASHTON: "This is for me, that one is for my mom."

This 8th Annual Santa Cops and Kids Shopping Spree pairs law enforcement with kids who've gone through a rough year. Just trying to keep up with them is tough.

CODY: "At first yeah! But he kind of settled down now, but yeah we're doing pretty well."

CHIEF PERSONS: "To see the happiness on those kids' faces, that's what it's about."

ASHTON: "We are Christmas shopping!"

The gifts weren't always practical, but they came straight from the hearts of these innocent, ecstatic youngsters, making a trying year a little easier.

ASHTON: "These are gifts for my dad: Marshmallows!"

Once they were done, the kids got to go back to the Senior Center in Lisbon, wrap all their presents, and get a picture with Santa Claus. Plus, other money raised will go to buying and giving away school supplies to Lisbon area students, spreading the benefits across the district.