Police Officers Shop with Children to Give them Christmas Gifts

Christmas came early for some kids in Kannapolis. On Tuesday, the police department sponsored what's called "Cops Target Kids for Christmas.”

The officers shopped at Target for toys and clothes for children in need.

7-year old Amery Green shopped with Officer Travis Smith. Amery is battling mitochondrial disease. Her mom, Delaney Green said, “This is only her second Christmas out of the hospital.”

Green said, “They didn’t expect her to live past 6 months, and she’s 7 now, so we celebrate everyday with triumph.”

Officer Smith said, “I’m 35 years old and I’m learning from this 7-year old what the true meaning of Christmas and the true meaning of being selfless in life is.”

Green added, “She (Amery) tells everybody, ‘Merry Christmas. Christmas is my favorite. It’s the best time of year.”

More than 50 children received gifts through the event in Kannapolis this year. The program started out with police officers buying gifts for children, and it's since grown to having corporate sponsors like Target and Stewart-Haas Racing helping to foot the bill for the gifts.