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Police in McDowell Co. serve nearly 80 children during "Shop with a Cop"

KIMBALL, W. Va (WVVA)-- Police converged on an area Walmart Wednesday night-- but not because they were responding to a crime.

McDowell County deputies as well as city police brought Christmas cheer to kids in need during their "Shop with a Cop" event.

Wednesday nearly 80 children came to the Walmart in Kimball to spend $150 each with the help of an officer.

Financial donations made it possible, but McDowell County Sheriff Martin West says this also comes from the heart.

"You see the children come through and their eyes are gleaming, you know their heart is touched. And that's why we're here," said West.

"We're here to show them we care about them and they can hopefully grow up and know that good things come from police. And help comes from them."

Sheriff West says it's not just to give the kids Christmas gifts-- it's also about getting them some everyday things they'll need like clothes and shoes this season.

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