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Baltimore County Kids 'Shop with a Cop'

Maryland State Troopers, Wal-Mart partner together to help 40 local children buy presents for Christmas.

Christmas came early for 40 Baltimore County children thanks to the Maryland State Police and Wal-Mart.

This past Saturday, the children received a police escort to the Golden Ring Wal-Mart and had the opportunity to buy some of the things they had been wishing for this holiday season. The troopers that provided the escort came from the Westminster, Waterloo, Glen Burnie, JFK Highway barracks and the truck unit.

Wal-Mart, along with other private sources, donated $100 gift cards for each child to go shopping. The state troopers then assisted their designated shopper with the selection and purchase of their gifts.

Following their shopping trip, the troopers drove the children to where students served the children lunch and helped wrap their presents. Lunch was prepared by the school's culinary arts students while those from the criminal justice program helped wrap presents and those from the business program helped with face painting.

Katie December 06, 2011 at 05:59 PM
What a great event for these children.
stephanie December 07, 2011 at 02:00 PM
My son is in Eastern Tech Culinary, I was so proud of them when I heard about this!
Cathy Simpson December 07, 2011 at 03:17 PM
What a great way to spend a Saturday for these kids!
David Robert Crews December 13, 2011 at 03:48 AM
"Shop with a Cop" is one of the best community programs ever. The children who participate come away from that day with a better understanding of how police, business owners and community leaders really do care about kids. The kids probably realize that cops prefer protecting them from criminal activity than arresting them for it. It's better to spend a little police time and expense preventing people from getting into trouble than to spend a lot more time and tax money chasing, arresting and prosecuting people who have no respect for laws or other people whom bad people victimize. A friendly day that includes having a really neat bit of time with kids getting to sit in the front seat of a cop car is bound to help keep some of those kids from ever being put into the back seat of a cop car. To top it all off: police, business owners and community leaders get to enjoy being good to the children and sharing in the holiday cheer it all stimulates. To really-really top it off: the employees and customers in Wal-Mart and Outback who were there and who all learn of it latter - we all are exposed to some of the holiday cheer it gives. Thank you.
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