The Avery County Sheriff's Department recently held its Shop with a Cop event for Christmas.

The Avery Journal reports the department took around 20 kids, identified by the schools to be beneficiaries, on a shopping spree at the Walmart in Spruce Pine, and spent around $8000 on the children for Christmas, with officers helping them to pick out toys and clothes.

Fundraisers held during the year as well as funding from High Country Charitable Foundation help make the program possible.

According to the report, Avery Sheriff Kevin Fry said not only is Shop with a Cop a great outreach program, it is also a chance to give back to the community.