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Area kids ‘Shop with a Cop’

Area police and firefighters served as Christmas elves last week, taking approximately 50 children on a holiday shopping spree at Wal-Mart on West Market Street.
The annual Shop with a Cop and Firefighter Program, which began locally in 2009, is designed to provide underprivileged children not only the chance for a more bountiful holiday season, but also the opportunity to get to know local law enforcement officers and firefighters on a personal level.
On Dec. 18, the event kicked off with a pizza party at the Jonesborough Visitors Center. In addition to pizza and cupcakes, the children visited with Santa Claus, police K9s and the fire department’s mascot.
Children then were taken, by police-escorted limousines, from the Visitors Center to Wal-Mart where they paired off with police and fire personnel to spend $150 each at the store. Carts were filled with everything from toys and games to clothes and shoes. Many of the kids used a portion of their allotted money to buy presents for family members, too.
In addition to the night of pizza and shopping, the program also provides the families, and others in need, with several donated gifts to put under their trees for children to open on Christmas morning.
To get involved with the Shop with a Cop program in Jonesborough or for more information, contact Maj. Natalie Hilton at 753-1053.