Saturday, December 03, 2016

Shop With A Cop

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — Yvette Jorge, 9, of Absecon, walked up and down the aisle at the Hamilton Township Wal-Mart looking for the perfect Barbie doll.
Yvette was one of the more than 140 children to take part in the sixth annual Shop with a Cop event. As part of the event, children were treated to breakfast at the Egg Harbor Township Police Athletic League then transported with a police escort to the Black Horse Pike store.
"It's amazing what they are doing," said Karri Jorge, as she watched her daughter shop. "It means so much to me and my family."

 The children selected for the event include those who are in financial need, those who have lost a parent, victims of domestic abuse and related domestic situations, and those who have medical issues. The group reaches out to the school district to determine those in need.

Each child received a $110 gift card to shop for anything they wanted.
"We got over 96 police officers here, which is a record,” said Hector Tavarez, PAL executive director. "This is the highlight of things that officers do for kids. These officers are out in the community working with these kids 356 days a year."

The more than 20 participating law-enforcement agencies included Egg Harbor, Galloway, Hamilton and Mullica townships, Absecon, Linwood, Egg Harbor City, Hammonton, Ocean City, Longport, Margate, Brigantine, Ventnor, Somers Point, Northfield, Pleasantville, Stockton University, state police, Atlantic County Sheriff's Office and the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office.
"As a parent of a child involved in Shop with a Cop, it really means a lot, because it gives them an opportunity to have a Christmas," said Jean Wickham, whose daughter, Sarah, shopped. "It's the kids’ time to be kids."

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MTPD officers enjoyed Shop With A Cop this morning at the Mays Landing Walmart. Funds collected during their No Shave November and from community members and businesses allowed MTPD to bring 10 deserving Mullica youngsters to breakfast at the EHT PAL building. Four bus loads of kids, police cars and fire trucks then formed a parade to Walmart where each child got to shop with their officers. Over 140 kids and 100 officers from throughout Atlantic County participated.

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