NJ officers play Santa for 'Shop with a Cop'

Officers and first responders in New Jersey were paired with local children for a special shopping spree.
December 7, 2013 9:08:51 PM PST
Officers and first responders in New Jersey were paired with local children for a special shopping spree.

'Shop with a Cop' was back at the Walmart in Mays Landing, New Jersey.

Santa's elves arrived by bus and shopping helpers came on motorcycles.

Police officers filled the aisles helping kids pick up their presents.

"Mostly stuff for my little brother, maybe Legos for me," said Shawn Littleton.

"I think it's an awesome job they're doing, there are lots of kids that need sources like this," said Eugena Gunn.

Parents are grateful, kids love the excitement and store managers are happy to help.

Walmart donated the money for the gifts.

"It's one of the best days of the year," said Mike Carney, Walmart.

Police officers also filled the aisles of a Target store in Gloucester Township, New Jersey.

It was the first ever 'Shop with a Cop' event for this force.

"I'm getting a dog purse for my sister," said Rachel Krier.

"It really invokes a wonderful opportunity for kids to give gifts to their families," said Chief Harry Earle, Gloucester Township Police.

Target donated $2,200 after picking children from area schools, whose parents need a little financial assistance.

"You get to spend time with family and give to people," said Caitlynn Ursin.

And another area program sponsored by Philadelphia Club Frontiers, brought an all-expense paid shopping spree to the Target in Wynnefield Heights for at risk children.

This is the 15th year for the event and every kid got a $75 Target gift card and then lunch afterwards at TGI Fridays.

Each program and each store guaranteed a smile, some fun and the goal of the season - learning to give and share.


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