By the time they checked out, Chuck had more than $100 worth of items. Daffron pulled out his wallet and picked up the tab on the rest.
As kids raced from one side of Walmart to the other, they picked out everything from candy bars and big-ticket items.
"I got a bike, a bike lock and a hoodie," said Dustin, 13, as he held onto the handlebars of his new bike in the checkout line with Towson precinct's Brian Kelly. "This is my first time to do this and it's really cool."
Kelly's son, Brandon, 12, kept Dustin company on his shopping spree.
Officer Dottie Dupree, from Parkville precinct, shelled out her own money when the items Altalley, 6, bought exceeded the gift card.
His loot included Sponge Bob boots and Spiderman sneakers for himself and a pink potty seat for his little sister.
Many children bought presents for their families. Travis, 5, who was paired up with Lasheena Cordero, of White Marsh, filled his cart with fuzzy socks and a candle for his mother, cookies for his father, and Hungry, Hungry Hippo game for himself.
One young girl had several relatives follow her as she shopped. London, 8, was with Tracie Eckstein with the Cockeysville precinct. London's parents, grandmother and cousin took pictures but stayed in the background.
"It's good for kids to see police officers in a nice situation like this," said London's mother, Lakisha. "She was so excited about today, and it's great she gets to buy whatever she wants. We have seven children and we took in my sister's two after she passed last year, so this is a blessing."
Optimist members helped bag each child's goodies, and then served up juice, doughnuts, grapes and bananas.
All police officers and their charges were then treated to a free breakfast at Outback Steakhouse in Hunt Valley Towne Centre.
"Outback started this whole thing," said Michael Schmitz, school resource officer at Eastern Technical High and with Essex precinct. He said Outback's regional manager, Kim Coles, contacted him in 2001 and offered to sponsor 25 children on a shopping trip and free meal.
He said the Timonium Optimist Club members approached him in 2002 and said they, along with other clubs, would raise $10,000 so 100 children could participate that Christmas. He has run the program ever since. Each precinct chooses local children in need. This year's 110 children is the most children so far, he said.
"With some of these kids, you have to force them to buy something for themselves. You'll see them buying household items," Schmitz said. "We just want to make sure every kid has a Christmas, and they get to have some positive interaction with police officers."