BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Several Iberville Sheriff deputies ditched their duties for a few hours and spent time with students shopping at Wal-Mart.

“This is the best day ever,” 4th grader Jazmine Harris expressed.

“I always wanted a Bakugan and now I have one,” exclaimed First Grader Jardon Billiot.

60 Iberville Parish students were whisked away from their books to experience some Christmas magic.

“I knew it was going to be a fun day,” stated 5th Grader Emma Gilbert.

Many of the children didn’t wait for St. Nick and started checking off their Christmas list early this year.

“I went straight for the toys. I mean, I was in my excited mode,” said Jazmine Harris.

“I had a good time and got Barbie dolls and clothes for my dolls,” said 3rd Grader Charmony Harris.

“We bring them out here and we have a gift card for each one of them for $250, and to see the kids run around and get to pick what they want, it warms your heart,” Iberville Sheriff Brett Stassi explained.

The annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ program brought a bit of Christmas cheer to families who needed a helping hand.

“A mom just told me, she said, ‘It’s the stuff that I had to say no to for my kids all year,” Stassi said.

Each student was smiling ear to ear alongside a few of Santa’s helpers.

“It’s really an honor to do this, I really think I enjoyed this as much as they do,” said Iberville Parish Sheriff Deputy Logan Reagan. “I’m glad that we were able to do this for them.”

Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Department

Their handy sleighs were filled to the brim, which made this holiday very merry and bright.

If you would like to contribute to next year’s Shop with a Cop, contact the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Department at (225) 687-5100.