Nearly 100 kids served through "Presents with the PB&PA"

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Nearly 100 kids came out to get their Christmas shopping out of the way early at this year's "Presents with the PB&PA" event.

That event used to be called "Shop with a Cop".

"PB&PA" stands for the Rockford Police Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 6.

Through this program, police officers choose students who are considered underprivileged and shop with them at Target to give them the full holiday shopping experience. Kids are able to pick out warm clothes, a special toy, and some gifts for others.

Officers say this gives them the opportunity to connect with kids from the community and make holiday memories.

"This brings us together, does a nice things for the community with the families and kids and we get to know people, and the kids get that experience of shopping with a police officer, so it's a good bonding experience," said Rockford patrol officer Matthew Williams.

Officers budget about $100 per child.