MILTON, Ga. – The Windward Walmart joined with local public safety members Dec. 10 to bring some Christmas joy to area children and their families.
Each year, the police, fire and EMS departments of Milton and Alpharetta join with Walmart and the Police Athletic League (PAL) to treat at-risk and homeless children to a $100 shopping spree for Christmas gifts for themselves and their families.
This year was the biggest year ever, with 106 kids taking part. About 70 members of public safety departments helped take the children around the store and make sure they stay in budget.
This year, PAL took on the task of helping homeless children as well as at-risk ones.
“We realized there was a need. Children between the ages of 15 and 19 were staying in local hotels,” said Veronica Carew, executive director of Alpharetta PAL. “We decided that maybe they needed a little help as well.”
Shop with a Cop is now in its 15th year. PAL organizes the event each year.
There were also children from the Miracle League, a group established for those who are mentally challenged.
“If it were up to PAL, no child would go without a Christmas,” Carew said.