Shop with a Cop gives kids a holiday opportunity

(Photo courtesy D.C. Police Foundation)

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 100 children are doing holiday shopping with District of Columbia police officers.

The children, who were pre-selected and range in age from 5 to 17, spent Thursday morning with the officers at a Target store in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.

Assistant Chief Alfred Durham says the children were picked for a variety of reasons, including financial need and their involvement in the community. He says he personally selected children whom he witnessed helping a man who had fallen to the ground.

The annual shopping spree is arranged by the Washington DC Police Foundation, which provides grants for certain police programs. Participating children were given $100 gift cards.