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Children shopping with cops this season
POULSBO — Kitsap County corrections officers and Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputieswill converge on Walmart this Saturday for the “Shop With A Cop.”
Uniformed officers from different jurisdictions will gather at 4 p.m. and approximately 115 children from Bremerton School District will arrive to be matched with a uniformed officer for a shopping trip at the store, according to Sgt. Penny Sapp of the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.
“For 10 years, the corrections officers have raised funds to support this project with hundreds of children from the area benefiting,” Sapp said. “It is a true beginning to the season of giving.”
Sapp said watching uniformed officers lineup and being paired with children and waiting the arrival of Santa Claus is inspiring.
“Watching the officers and children interact during the shopping trip will bring tears to your eyes,” she said. “The stories these officers have heard at times are heartbreaking.”
Sapp said the children gain gifts for Christmas, many times the gifts are for others in their families, while the officers select an experience they will never forget.
“Many officers come back each year to help,” Sapp said.
Santa and Mrs. Claus — accompanied by elves — will make an appearance prior to the children entering Walmart.
“A multitude of behind the scenes volunteers help with pictures, snacks and gift wrapping,” Sapp said.
Uniformed officers from KCSO, Washington State Patrol, Port Orchard, Bremerton, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island, Tribal and other police will attend.
Port Orchard Police Chief Geoffrey Marti said there will be one officer from his department at the event because most of his officers will assisting with the Festival of Chimes and Lights and the Jingle Bell event in downtown.
Uniformed military from Coast Guard also have escorted the children.