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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Christmas came early for dozens of underprivileged kids in the Louisville area.
On Sunday about 70 kids were paired up with Sheriff's Deputies and given $125 in Meijer gift cards to buy clothes for themselves.
The officers also bought the children toys, which they were given during a lunch later in the afternoon.
Deputies say the program doesn't just help those in need during the holidays.
"This gives the kids an opportunity to find out that if they do have a problem that they can come to somebody in uniform for help if they need it instead of being scared and not coming around,"says Deputy Sheriff Tim Pike.
Deputy Pike says he's been a part of the "Shop with a Hero" program for about a decade. He says no matter the state of the economy, his officers will find the funds to continue the program each and every year.