Thirty North Miami Beach Teenagers Get to Buy Presents for Christmas

North Miami Beach Police Chief Scott Dennis said each child, who are aged 13 to 18, got a $60 gift card to buy any presents they wanted.

Monday, Dec 23, 2013  |  Updated 11:24 AM EDT
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About 30 teens from North Miami Beach got breakfast and gift cards on Monday, and then they went shopping for Christmas presents with the help of local police officers.

North Miami Beach Police Chief Scott Dennis said each child, who are aged 13 to 18, got a $60 gift card to buy any presents they wanted. The gift cards were donated by the city council. The officers volunteered their time, and a local deli sponsored the breakfast.

“It’s very important for them to have a positive experience with law enforcement,” Dennis said. “ We'll be able to develop better relationships with them.”

Dennis and other officers went shopping with the teens at a local Target Store after breakfast.
“It’s a good idea for the kids, the teenagers. They get to come shop with a cop,” said Stephen Henderson.

Meanwhile, Rony Nelson bought a basketball for himself and a basketball hoop for his little brother.
 

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