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Christmas for kids event honors Lt. Aaron Allan

GREENWOOD, Ind. - Christmas came early to hundreds of kids in the Indianapolis area this year.

It was all part of Trooper Bartram Foundation’s 'Christmas for Kids' Shop with a Cop event.

Nearly 250 kids were paired up with a law enforcement officer and were able to walk around the Greenwood Walmart, picking out clothing and toys.

This year the event took on an extra special meaning. It was held in honor of Southport Lt. Aaron Allan, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year.

Lt. Allan had participated in the event for the past several years.

"This event was great for him because we were all together and he was a like a kid. He was running around and would have candy canes hanging from his ear," said Southport police chief Tom Vaughn. "It was his time that he could be in his uniform and not have to be so stiff and he was proud of that."

Saturday, his family participated in the efforts as a way to continue Allan's tradition.

"His dad is here, his stepmom is here and, of course, his wife," Vaughn said. "I think it really shows the impact their son or husband had on the community and that’s pretty neat."

Each child was given $125 dollars to spend. The program is held in honor of Trooper James Bartram, who was killed in the line of duty in March 1998.

Andrea King brought her 11-year-old son Malachi to the event. She said the event helps her son connect with good role models.

"He gets some one on one time with a leader and gets to know them," King said. "He doesn’t have a father around so it's like he has a manly man stepping in and showing some love for the day."