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Dec 12, 2015 10:21 PM

Members of the Nashua Patrolmen's Association take kids Christmas shopping

NASHUA - Seeing police cars outside the Target on Amherst Street may have alarmed some passers-by on Saturday morning, but it was all good news.

Members of the Nashua's Patrolmen Association took a group of local children shopping for gifts as part of a special program started three years ago. Each child has $100 to spend on whatever they choose with the officer helping them make their choices and ring them out.

Teachers and other community leaders nominate kids they know need a little help at Christmas time. Those children, this year, 26 of them, were allowed to pick out gifts with the help of one of the officers who volunteer for the duty.

"I love getting involved with the community and the kids, and to be part of this today, it just really solidifies why I became a police officer," said Officer Ben Stusse. He has served in the department for eight years, including four years as the school resource officer.

Most kids picked out items for themselves -- things like Minecraft, Nerf guns or Legos.

But one young participant decided to chose gifts he would give to other children.

"For me, Christmas is like - you give present to other people because that's good for other people," he said.

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