Personnel from the Puyallup Police Department, that included officers, corrections, records clerks and other support staff, made it a very special day for seven elementary students from the Puyallup School District.
These seven students were part of the police department's 7th annual Shop with a Cop program.
Major sponsors this year were Walmart on South Hill; Fred Meyer on River Road; and Trackside Pizza, which provided lunch.
Each student was paired off with an officer or two and started out at Walmart the morning of Friday, Dec. 19.
Walmart store manager Micah Roth presented each student with a $25 gift card. Students went off throughout the store, looking for a special gift for themselves or for a family member like a brother, sister or parent.
"It's always fun for the children to come out," Roth said. "Walmart is all about the community and anyway we can help out, we're excited to do so."
Officer Rob Kearney said it's always a joy to watch the passion the students have.
"Invariably you will see them shopping for parents, sisters, brothers, not for themselves," Kearney said. "It's a lesson we should all pay attention to."
Later in the afternoon after enjoying downtime at the South Hill Mall's inflatable toy center and lunch at Trackside Pizza, the officers and students finished at Fred Meyer on River Road.
Each student there received a $50 gift card. In addition, each student also received a gift bag from the officers full of goodies.
If students are unable to purchase something, officers step up to help in any way they can, Kearney explained.
"If a kid wants something, we will cover it and make it happen," Kearney said.
Last year, Officer Walter Anderson, a 34-year veteran of the department, spent $75 of his own money purchasing a watch and clothing for a female student.
"It's very heartwarming," Anderson said.