Shelton, WA – On Saturday, December 1st, the Police Department partnered with Walmart for the first annual Shop with a Cop event in Shelton. Walmart donated $5,000 to provide a number of local children in need with the opportunity to do some holiday shopping for their families. Approximately 40 children were nominated by local school officials and others in the community to participate in the program.
Santa Clause arrived on a fire truck along with nine helpers provided by Central Mason Fire and EMS to kick off the event. Each child was then given $150 to shop with emergency personnel. Walmart also provided gift-wrapping for the children, as well as snack and drinks.
“This was a great opportunity for the kids and emergency personnel to spend some time together in a fun environment,” said Police Chief Darrin Moody. “There was a lot of smiling, high fives, and hugs. The most heartwarming thing was to see the kids buying gifts for other people with their money. They bought for siblings, parents, and relatives. It was amazing. Our officers didn’t want to stop shopping with the kids. We look forward to partnering again next year and making it even bigger.”
Shop with a Cop provides a fun filled day for children in need while creating positive relationships with law enforcement. This unique December shopping experience assists children and can deter them from choosing a life of crime or violence. Participating children are identified by schools, churches, youth organizations, and social service agencies.