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PITTSFIELD — About 16 city kids got the chance to go holiday shopping with local police officers last week, in an annual tradition that serves underprivileged children.

Equipped with $100 each in gift certificates, the kids had their pick of Walmart's shelves last Tuesday, as part of the Shop with a Cop program. The city's eight elementary school principals selected two children from each school, according to Officer Darren Derby, who organized the event.

The Berkshire Bank Foundation kicked in $1,500 toward the spree, he said. Shopping companions came from the Pittsfield Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, as well as Berkshire Bank.

Private donations covered any overages at the register, Derby said.

Chief Michael Wynn said that, each year, he is struck by the generosity shown by the children he gets paired with during the event.

"Two years in a row my kids didn't do anything for themselves," he said. "They did it all for their families."

This year, he said, one of them bought dog food to donate to the Berkshire Humane Society.

Amanda Drane can be contacted at, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.


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