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Thanks for helping ‘Shop With A Cop’
I would like to thank all of this years participants in the 2013 “Shop With A Cop.” More than 100 children were partnered with a uniformed officer and were taken on a Christmas shopping trip to the Poulsbo Walmart. More than 100 uniformed military, police, sheriff’s, and other officials were involved in the project and volunteered their time on a cold Saturday afternoon.
The Kitsap County Corrections Officers and the Shop With A Cop board worked hard this year to raise funds to support the project. At the event there were Kitsap County Corrections Officers, Kitsap County Sheriffs, Jefferson County Sheriffs, Mason County Sheriffs, Citizens on Patrol, Washington State Patrol, Suquamish Tribal Officers, Fish & Wildlife police, Coast Guard, United States Navy, Army Reserve, Sheriffs Cadets, Bainbridge Island police, Bremerton police, Poulsbo police, Port Townsend police and more I may have missed.
Volunteers were available to gift wrap presents and snacks were available. Each child received a warm knit cap from the Sunchasers and a $125 shopping trip from the Shop With a Cop organization. Sheriff Steve Boyer delivered Santa, Mrs. Claus and two helpful elves with lights and sirens. Pictures were taken with Santa for each child and attending officer to keep.
To me, this is the start of the Christmas season. Seeing children interacting with uniformed officers is and always will be an inspiring sight. The children gain by learning people do care and that the police, sheriffs, and other officials are here to help. The officers gain by seeing and hearing the children at Christmas and the joy they see in the in the season.
Thank you to all of the volunteers involved and all of the many jurisdictions that made time in their busy day to foster the spirit of Christmas.
Roger Gay | Port Orchard