The Christmas season can be difficult for some parents to provide their children with simple gifts. However, for 22 local children they received Christmas early thanks to the Alice Police Officers Association.

On Wednesday evening, Alice police officers gathered at Walmart for the annual Shop with a Cop.

With a basket in hand, officers and the children shopped for shoes, socks, and toys. Each child purchased the items that they favored. The children were selected by Alice Independent School District.