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.