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More kids get to shop with cops this year in Steamboat

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A generous donation from an unanimous couple helped kids shop a little more with cops this Christmas season.

This year, the event, organized by the Routt County Sheriff's Office, helped 19 local youth.

Most of them shopped with the deputies, Sheriff Garrett Wiggins and Undersheriff Doug Scherar on Sunday at Walmart.

"The Shop with a Cop program has been so successful," Lt. Ryan Adrian said. "It is our biggest year."

Walmart awarded the Sheriff's Office with a $2,500 grant. An additional $500 was used from the private donation, and the remainder of the donated money will be used in future years.

The children and families in need are selected by Angela Mackey, who works for LiftUp of Routt County.

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Each child had $150 to spend, and not all of them spent the money on themselves.

"We say, 'It's for you, but it doesn't have to be all for you,'" Adrian said.

This year, one child bought earrings for their mother.

The deputies also were able to help a 16-year-old teen buy a laptop that she needed for school.

The event is rewarding for the children but also the officers.

"It's one of those events the cops look forward to," Adrian said.

He said community members have also learned about the event over the years, and they no longer ask why there are a bunch of cops in the business on a Sunday morning.

"We had multiple people come up and donate cash," Adrian said.

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