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60 Kids in Maury County Sheriff's Custody; Shop with a Cop--Mikayla Lewis

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Columbia, Tenn.--Fifty-five Maury County Sheriff's deputies escorted more than 60 children to law enforcement cars Thursday afternoon.

The students (kindergarten through seventh grade) were not under arrest, they are under privileged. The kids were brought to a Columbia Wal-Mart for the 10th annual "Shop with a Cop" event.

Chief Deputy Nathan Johns said, " I love the program and these kids are very happy to do this."

Participants were picked from 20 Maury County schools and were chosen by their school resource officers. The students shopped for Christmas gifts and were paired up with officers and other volunteers like Shelby Caperton. The Spring Hill high school senior is volunteering her fourth year in a row. This year Caperton is helping as Maury County's "Fairest of the Fair" winner.

Caperton said," It just shows them like cops can be your friends, they're not all bad guys."

Kids were given $200 dollars each to spend, but they did not use only on themselves.

Shop with a Cop participant, Ryan Olive explained, " I'm spending the money on my self and my baby sister and I'm donating this blanket."

Chief Deputy Nathan Johns organized this years event.

Nathan Johns said, " I don't have children and this is my way of caring for a kid Christmas shopping. These children who are in  need, it breaks your heart when they shop for others first. "

Chief Deputy Johns and his wife escorted 12-year-old Dallas Cannady. The seventh grader bought some hunting clothes for himself, and is keeping quiet about what he got for his family.

Dallas Cannady said, " Keeping it a surprise."

Johns added, " Hopefully these children will learn if you do good, good things will come to you."

Maury County's Shop with a Cop is funded through a summer rodeo and local non-profits. Gift cards were given to under privileged high school students in the area. More than 100 students were assisted this year. The sheriff's office also took the students to a movie, and treated them to a pizza and wrapping party.

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