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Shop with a Cop in Alpharetta helps 70 kids


Spending spree gets Christmas gifts



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Breanna Duncan looks through gifts for her family with Alpharetta Officer Amanda Clay. JONATHAN COPSEY. (click for larger version)

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Officer Jamie Fraser helps Taylor Bird pick out toys for Christmas. JONATHAN COPSEY. (click for larger version)

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Daphne Jean and Alpharetta Officer Steven Guy tally up the costs of their purchases. JONATHAN COPSEY. (click for larger version)

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Jolly Old Saint Nick welcomed needy children to Walmart on Windward Parkway for the annual Shop with a Cop event. JONATHAN COPSEY. (click for larger version)
December 18, 2012
ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The annual Shop with a Cop event brought smiles to needy children's faces Dec. 11, as local public safety members helped shop for Christmas gifts at the Windward Parkway Walmart.

Nearly 70 kids and just as many cops took part in the event. Each child is allocated $100 to spend, and a cop or firefighter takes the child around the store, picking out age-appropriate gifts for them or for the child's family.

"This event is solely based on donations," said Officer Phillip Richey, the youth officer of the Police Athletic League (PAL), which organizes the event. "A lot of the kids get presents for their parents and family."

PAL was created to keep at-risk youths from getting into trouble and get them to know their local police when they need help or just for fun.

This is the 14th year of the event. Walmart has been a part of it for much of that time.

"Walmart have been the best people to work with," said Jim Paine, of PAL. "They go that extra mile."

Members of Milton's Police Department also traditionally take part.

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