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Children 'Shop with a Cop' in Worcester County

Maryland State Police take children shopping at Walmart for Christmas. Maryland State Police take children shopping at Walmart for Christmas.

BERLIN, Md.- Maryland State Police took a dozen children Christmas shopping in Berlin on Saturday.

Troopers at the Berlin Barrack adopted the ‘Shop with a Cop' program this year.

The program helps struggling families put gifts under the Christmas tree.

Hillary Colonna of Pocomoke City is thankful for the opportunity.

Colonna and his wife lost everything when their previous home in Virginia caught fire two months ago. Colonna says the presents they purchased for their five-year-old daughter and six-year-old son were gone. An electrical fire happened while they were away from their home.

"Our kids Christmas went up in flames, and we lost everything," Colonna said.

Since then, the family moved to Pocomoke City.

Before today, the couple worried about how they would prepare for Christmas.

Colonna says it's been rough.

"You have to pick and choose between buying food and buying presents. It's heartbreaking," he said.

The Colonna's  children joined 10 other kids on a shopping trip to Walmart.

Troopers paired up with kids on the trip.

"Believe it or not it was very difficult for these kids to just step out, let their hair down and go shopping," First Sgt. Christopher Davala said. " Our troopers helped them;gave them focus. Some brought for themselves, and many brought for their families."

Worcester County's Cricket Center partnered with the Board of Education to find families in need, according to MSP.

Troopers say with the help of donations, children were able to spend up to $100.

Walmart and local businesses contributed to the program.

Law enforcement agencies across the country have also adopted 'Shop with a Cop.'

Troopers at the Berlin Barrack say they plan to expand the program next year.

Parents like Colonna are grateful for their help.

"Thank you big time. It means a lot to me and a lot to these other families, especially the kids," said Colonna.

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