Cheyenne area law enforcement agencies are teaming up with elementary schools in Laramie County to make Christmas a little brighter for those less fortunate.

Wyoming Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeremy Beck says about 30 students will get to "Shop With a Cop" at the south Cheyenne Walmart this Friday, Dec. 20.

"Each child is given $100 to shop for themselves," said Beck. "The idea is to have the child shop with a law enforcement officer to build trust with our young people while assisting a family in need."

"Each child is also provided with a complete Christmas meal to take home to their families," he added. "The large food bags are coordinated by spouses of the officers."

Beck says over $9,400 was donated to the program last year, which paid for 37 students to go shopping and countless school lunches for low-income students who otherwise may have gone hungry.

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