DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — Durant police officers took time off from their regular duties on Tuesday to make sure that families in need have everything they need for the holiday season.

The department collects donations all year in anticipation of the Shop with a Cop event. Officers teamed up with more than 220 kids to select a personalized holiday haul for themselves and their families.

"Some of them are getting items they would not normally be able to get," said Sgt. Brandon Mitchell. "Most of the time, their parents are struggling, and they're hoping to get them a pair of shoes. But this time, the kid gets to pick out maybe his dream toy... a bicycle."

Reserve Capt. John Wyatt started the program 18 years ago. He said it shows the kids a different side of the police force.

"They're not just out there trying to keep everybody safe; they're also out there trying to be a member in the community, help people who are less fortunate," Wyatt said. "This gives them an opportunity to give back."

And for the officers, it's a nice change of pace.

"This is a great program," Mitchell said. "We get to see them on a day where they're excited... not on a day where maybe something in their life has been turned upside-down."