(WTNH) — A unique holiday experience pairs up a child and an officer for a shopping trip like no other.
The Farmington-Based REACH Foundation and Connecticut Law Enforcement are teaming up for the third year of “Shop With a Cop.” The premise is simple: an underprivileged child is paired up with an officer at a store for a one-on-one shopping trip. Then, the child is able to shop for themselves, their families, and another child from the community where the officer serves.
Children are identified by schools, youth organizations, social service agencies, outreach programs, and service providers for the exciting experience.
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The event kicks off with a “Meet and Greet” with dinner and some fun so officers and the children and their families get to know each other. A police procession with flashing lights leads the way to the shopping location. The little shoppers get to visit with Santa, they get goodie bags, and they even get a picture with their officer, Santa, and Mark Wilson – the co-founder of The Reach Foundation.
Several sponsors throughout the state make sure there’s a great budget for everyone to get something special. Last year, over 100 children were paired up with just as many officers at locations in Milford and Southington.
This year, Shop With a Cop will be held for the first 2 weeks of December at certain locations in Southington, Milford, and a third location — Manchester.
For a full list of locations and more information, visit this link.