Thomasville kids "shop with a cop" - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Thomasville kids "shop with a cop"

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Missing man with Alzheimer's Disease Found

    Missing man with Alzheimer's Disease Found

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:51 AM EDT2014-07-31 07:51:18 GMT
    Authorities in Berrien County are searching for a man with Alzheimer's Disease that has gone missing.They say John Bethea was last seen heading south on White Pond Road in Nashville at 11 a.m.More >>
    Authorities in Berrien County are searching for a man with Alzheimer's Disease that has gone missing.They say John Bethea was last seen heading south on White Pond Road in Nashville at 11 a.m.More >>
  • Albany cheerleading team could be on reality show

    Albany cheerleading team could be on reality show

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:42 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:42:06 GMT
    Dr. Latonya Peterson, Assistant CoachDr. Latonya Peterson, Assistant Coach
    An Albany cheerleading team could be featured on a reality show. More than 50 girls tried out to join the two time national champion Albany Elite “Tiger Paws.”More >>
    An Albany cheerleading team could be featured on a reality show. More than 50 girls tried out to join the two time national champion Albany Elite “Tiger Paws.”More >>
  • Veterans to learn about benefits at American Legion event

    Veterans to learn about benefits at American Legion event

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:34:18 GMT
    William D. Simmons, American Legion 2nd District CommanderWilliam D. Simmons, American Legion 2nd District Commander
    American Legion leaders are preparing for an event to help South Georgia veterans learn more about the benefits they earned. More >>
    American Legion leaders are preparing for an event to help South Georgia veterans learn more about the benefits they earned. More >>

December 21, 2007

Thomasville-- Fifteen enthusiastic kids filed into Wal-mart, each paired with a police officer and armed with a hundred dollars that was theirs to spend.  "This is just one of the many programs the Thomasville Police Department does to give back to the community that supports us so much," said Officer Terry Whigham.  They set out with one goal in mind:  "Shopping!" Keri Dupree said.

But with many different items on ther list.   Porsha Freeman wanted "shoes and toys."  A "Playstation!" chimed in Tristan Cane.  And Laurin Williams said she wanted "clothes and ear rings." All of these, plus bikes and many other presents quickly filled up carts ensuring these kids a merrier Christmas than they may have seen otherwise. "I got to pick a lot of stuff that I want that my parents probably wouldn't be able to get me," said Williams.  

But there's more to this event than the material aspect.  Officers say many children grow up being scared of police. This experience is a gift that will last them a lifetime. "This gives them a chance to know officers on a more personal level. Let them know they can approach us, talk to us. We're normal people we just have a job to do," said Whigham.

The pairs also shared a meal together, giving them some bonding time the kids took advantage of.  "You can learn more, like if you want to be a cop you can learn more about them," said Freeman. Both aspects of the program are something these kids won't soon forget.

Wal-Mart also helped out by donating food baskets and clothing to each child.

 

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=tvilleshopwithacop/sb