Sixty-five children were hand-picked by school counselors for the honor of taking part in the annual tradition of Shop with a Cop.
Each child received a one hundred and fifty dollar gift card, made possible by year-round fundraising and donations organized by the Johnson City Police Department.
“We hope that it impacts their Christmas but we also hope that it impacts their life,” said Brittany Eberhardt, Officer at Johnson City Police Department. “Because unfortunately, we see these kids in not so great circumstances, so we want to let them know that we are here for them.”
Not only do they plan to help out these children they also look out for their siblings.
“We are taking 65 kids shopping but we are also taking care of them for Christmas morning gift and children that are too young to go shopping,” said Amber Keller, from the Johnson City Police Department. “So in total, we are taking care of 99 kids total this Christmas.”
The night began with dinner pairing children with officers, followed by a bus ride to Walmart on Browns Mill Road, where the fun began.
“I never got a lot of toys before and I never went shop with a cop,” said Enrique Gutierrez, a Shop with a Cop participant.
Shop with Cop coordinators say they hope to keep this annual tradition going and they are asking for continued community support to cover the costs of the event.