SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — The Southmayd Police Department hosted its annual Shop with a Cop event on Saturday.

"We invite any kids that need assistance through Christmas to give us a call," said Chief Chad McKee. "We start our sign-ups November 1st and go up until we are full."

This year, they had 241 kids ready for holiday cheer at the Walmart store in Sherman.

"Each kid gets to spend up to $100, and then we cover the taxes and we give them a roll of wrapping paper, tell them to go home wrap them and put them under the tree for when they do Christmas," McKee explained.

Many were excited to buy their own gifts this year. One shopper said he was able to get a dinosaur and lots of toys. 

Jamie Kingston said the Southmayd police Shop with a Cop event is 'a blessing.'

 Parents like Jamie Kingston were grateful for this experience to share with their family.

"I recently took medical leave for my job, so Christmas has been kind of tight," she said. "This was an opportunity to give my kids a Christmas... it's a blessing."

Southmayd police said this event was made possible through donations and they're excited for what next year will bring.