Saturday was Shop With a Cop

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Tea' Feaster and Summer Tilman with her brother, with help from the police force, show off their newly purchased gifts.
Tea' Feaster and Summer Tilman with her brother, with help from the police force, show off their newly purchased gifts.

Saturday, seven buses loaded with 150 kids, all headed to Kmart for Christmas shopping. Now that sounds like a disaster in the making, but no worries; it was the annual “Shop With a Cop” event sponsored by Peoples Assistance Food Bank and Joy Junction.

Kids were paired with a policeman who helped the young shoppers pick out Christmas gifts for their families. But “Shop With a Cop” is more that just Christmas shopping. It teaches the kids that cops are not the bad guys. Co-Director of Joy Junction David Kaufman.

Fifteen year-old Summer Tilman bought a muffin and egg pan for her mom and a coffee mug for her step dad. She says shopping with a cop can be awkward, yet fun.

It's all about planting seeds in young people.

Each child was given $25 to shop with.

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