Christmas came a little early for 69 children on Saturday during the 12th annual Shop with a Cop event held at Neosho's Walmart.
Jeannette Wormington brought her four children: Edson, 10; Jasmine, 9; Carlos, 7; and Daisy, 6, to the event.
"This is our second time to participate in this event," Jeannette said. "It is a big help, especially times are really tough. I am a first time college-goer and so I don't work very many hours."
This year, Neosho children were given $150 to spend on themselves. Granby children were given $100 to spend.
After some introductions from Neosho Police officer Mike Sharp, Granby Police Chief Jacob Kelley and Newton County Commissioner Jim Jackson, each of the children were paired up with a police officer and volunteer to walk the aisles of the store to get whatever they wanted for Christmas with the allotted money.
Asked what her kids were wishing for this Christmas, Jeannette said, "one of everything. Things that I could never afford with four kids on my own. Of course, electronics and Barbies. Last year, we did Barbies, remote control cars and shoes."
This year, their mom said that Daisy wanted a Barbie car, Jasmine wanted a Barbie house, and Carlos wanted video games of any kind.
"And for Edson, I am not for sure about him, it is anything electronic," she said.
Within a matter of minutes, the children got what they wanted.
"I got a tablet," Edson said.
Some of the children bought toys or clothes and then they got their parents something as well.
Asked what Jeannette wanted for Christmas, she said, "I just want the kids to have a good Christmas."
Asked if the children got anything for their mom, Edson said a movie.
"Actually, we felt like the movie Fast and Furious 6, it would be a good movie for everyone," Edson said. "We all like it, we are all big fans of all these movies."
"Last year, they bought me a poinsettia flowers with what they had left," Jeannette said. "We did shoes last year, but that was kind of my contribution to them this year. I did the coats and shoes."
As the kids were still shopping, they had smiles on their faces.
More than $11,000 was raised for the Shop with a Cop program this year.
Jeannette said she is grateful for the volunteers who have helped out this year either donating their time or money for this cause.
"I love it," she said. "I teach my kids that we should always wave and make sure that we respect what the officers, the fire department, everyone in the town does. And I think that it is a great opportunity to teach the kids that the police aren't just out looking for bad guys, they are here for the good stuff too. I would just like to say thank you to everybody that made this possible."