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Wood County kids "shop with a cop" for Christmas

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Deanna Dubank didn't think her kids would have gifts under the Christmas tree this year. But thanks to  the annual tradition of "Shop with a Cop," they will and she's grateful.

"It's very important. Kids look forward to Christmas more than adults. It helps, it is truly a blessing."

Dozens of Wood County officers helped fill the holiday wish list for kids in need. Officers paired up with a child, grabbed a cart and hit the Meijer in Rossford for a shopping spree. It gives children from toddlers to teens the chance to get what they want for Christmas.

Five-year-old Kaylee Mercer and her 11-year-old sister Destiny Wells had a great time.

Destiny said, "Very fun because I love to shop and I don't usually get to spend $100 at all."

A lot of children shared in the fun, 125 kids each got $100 to spend. But not all of it went for toys.

Rossford Police officer Jodi Johnson said, "We did ask that we have one needed item on the list whether it's shoes or socks or something like that."

Officers raised money through their Cops and Kids program. Children in need were referred by schools and police officers. It's been a rough year for Wood County with destruction for a tornado and several families losing their homes to fire.

Mom Deanna Dubank says it will make a huge difference. "It will help us cover bills that we may not have been able to cover trying to catch up with Christmas."

If you'd like to help you can send a donation to the Wood County FOP at P.O. Box 122 Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Or call 419-353-9728.

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