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Heroes for Helpers: local law enforcement helps buy gifts for underprivileged kids

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YAKIMA, WA - The Yakima Police Department helped a couple kids mark some items off their Christmas lists this morning. 

It was all part of the Heroes for Helpers program, where officers partner up with underprivileged and deserving kids to grant them some of their Christmas wishes.

Close to 20 students and police officers were able to partner up thanks to Target, who provided each child with a $50 gift card. If their total exceeded the amount, then officers paid out of their own pockets for the remainder.

The police department says that this program is a great way of giving back and getting to know our youth.

"At this point in the year they might be going through a rough time," said Jorge Quiñones, a Yakima Police Officer, "where families can't give them the Christmas that they want to and they are going through a tough time at home."

Those who participated not only got to purchase things for themselves but also their family members.

And at the end of their shopping journey, all of the kids got to take a photo with Santa.

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