Biggest turnout ever for Shop with a Cop

Published 12/11 2013 10:31AM

Updated 12/11 2013 10:34AM

CHAMPAIGN -- Some families didn't think they'd have much of a Christmas this year, but thanks to the community, the Christmas tree won't be bare underneath. The Champaign Police Department has been doing Shop with a Cop for eleven years, giving families a free-of-charge shopping spree. But, this time was a little different. WCIA-3's Megan Brilley finds out, it was the biggest turnout they've ever had.

A lot of people were left with next to nothing after last month's tornado. But now, people like the Scott family got to forget all about that and go Christmas shopping.

For a lot of us, searching for Christmas gifts is a chore. But, for the Scott family, it's nothing short of a miracle.

"We were trying to get bills paid and we were wondering how this would all happen."

Derin Scott's Gifford home was torn down on Thanksgiving.

"Our stress level has been through the roof."

He and his family of five lost a lot.

"It has been very difficult because we were financially, already in a bad place at that point in time."

They were invited to Shop with a Cop, but, unlike some families which searched for toys, the Scott family searched for essentials.

"Boys, what size do you think?"

Shoes, shirts, jeans is what this family will be unwrapping Christmas Day and they couldn't be happier.

"We know that this is something that we can't take for granted."

CPD helped raise more than $7,000. Each kid got to spend more than $100.

"You have to work toward rebuilding and moving toward the future and, how they can work toward that each and every day."

It's the first time in a long time the Scott's didn't have to worry about finances or calculating how much is in their cart. Instead, they got to forget.

"Being here, it just takes a load off of everything."

The $7,000 was donated by local businesses, Meijer and the Champaign Police Department. It's a lot of support for families in need.

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