Law enforcement takes kids shopping for Christmas - WNEM TV 5

Law enforcement takes kids shopping for Christmas

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Christmas shopping is often a struggle for parents who can't afford to buy gifts for their children.

Some local kids are getting a little help from everyday heroes.

Dea'Terrione Wafer recently lost his mom. On Tuesday the 6-year-old was smiling a little brighter thanks to Shopping with a Hero.

He was one of 50 children who went shopping with the Saginaw County Sheriff's Department at Meijer in Saginaw County.

"Just to see their faces at Christmas time. It's a lot of fun," Deputy Reserve Robert Arn said.

First responders like Arn used the night to shop with underprivileged children in Saginaw County and use donations to pay for their gifts.

The department has been doing this for 17 years to promote a positive relationship with the children and to brighten the holidays.

This Christmas will be a lot different for Dea'Terrione.

"It's been a tough few months and that's what his mom and him liked to do is go shopping. So him shopping with a hero, it's all coming together," said Corsica Long, Dea'Terrione's aunt.

His mom, Kentera Wafer, was shot and killed in August at a party in Saginaw.

"My mom bought me things," Dea'Terrione said.

Shopping together meant time together. Something his aunt said he holds close.

"That's his big thing. He loves shopping. So anybody taking him shopping is good," Long said.

Shopping with a Hero helped shine a little light on what could have been a very dark Christmas for a kid celebrating it for the first time without his mom.

"It's one of the perks of the job when you get to this kind of stuff," Arn said.

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