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PARK CITY — Park City police officers took a break from fighting crime today to help fulfill the Christmas wishes of some very deserving children.
Saturday morning, families gathered at Yarrow Hotel for a complimentary breakfast and headed to WalMart for the annual Shop with a Cop event were treated to a day of shopping and a visit with Santa.
Santa flew down into the parking lot by medical helicopter and took down the wishes of children there.
After each child was paired up with an officer, the teams scoured isle after isle of toys, books, clothing and more to fulfill the wants, and more importantly needs, of each child. Necessities topped the shopping lists of many of these kids from struggling families.
"A lot of times they're buying clothes. One year I had a girl that bought a blanket because she didn't have a blanket for her bed," said Doug Tangren, an officer with the Park City Police Department.
Officers say they were thrilled to help offer the kids a break from those concerns.
The program is sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police and benefits families from Summit and Wasatch Counties. Officers from Park City Police, Summit County Sheriff's Office, Wasatch County Sheriff's Office, Utah Highway Patrol, Kamas Police, Utah State Parks, US Forest Service and federal agencies participated.