OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Christmas came early for more than a dozen deserving kids from the Jackson County Boys and Girls Club.
Armed with a personal shopper and a $200 gift card, the kids were able to turn what would be a Christmas miracle into a reality.
"Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College as a whole with the Walmart Foundation and the Walmart Ocean springs store and all their employees, we put together this program so that the kids would have a little nicer Christmas," said Chief Larry Cavalero.
Fifteen families are benefiting thanks to these groups who volunteered their time, and even raised the money to fund the shopping trip.
Walmart employees held bake sales and turned over days off to contribute. Police officers didn't think twice about spending their weekend to help make holiday magic.
"An opportunity for them to help kids out during the holidays is a no-brainer for them. They love the community and they jump at an opportunity like this."
The police officers and Walmart employees alike admit they were very impressed with the Christmas spirit they saw in the children, many of whom not only bought presents for themselves, but also for their families.
"I bought a game for my brother, lipstick for my mom, a baby doll for me," said 7-year-old Salyiah Matthews.
"I saw a lot of children that were being very generous and buying things for others, other than themselves, it was very touching," said Walmart Manager, Stacie Sutton.
The day spent together not only helps put presents under the tree, it also connects the kids with police so they know who to trust and who will always be there to help them.