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Cops save the holi-day

December 23, 2005

Thomasville, Georgia. Police in the Rose City are taking some special kids on a holiday shopping spree.

It is the Shop with a Cop program that the Thomasville Police Department does every year. "We've been doing it since 2001. We take needy and at risk kids shopping for the holidays and they get to buy basically whatever they want," says TPD Sergeant, Rachelle Denmark.

"Toys and clothes," says Tyrice Brooks. "A Gameboy Advance, some clothes, a trip to the North Pole," says Jarques Harris. "They get to get toys, buy gifts for brothers and sisters, parents," says TPD Officer, Andy Bozeman. "It's a great feeling to give back to the community," says Officer Charles Barnhill. "Ever since we stuffed ourselves with food at Ryan's we've been having fun together. They have a hundred dollar limit. We're kind of teaching them how to budget their money," adds Bozeman.

"This gives us a chance to be with the children, show them we're people too and that we really do care. Businesses, civic organizations, and individual people make contributions to the program. We're able to sponsor about 150 kids a year." 07:27:15 07:26:22 "It's all good. It's all about the spirit of Christmas," says Denmark.

"Shop with a Cop" is a program that dozens of law enforcement agencies across the country participate in each year.

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