"Shop with a Cop" makes Christmas brighter for Albany kids
Over 50 kids came out to the K-Mart store (Source: WALB)
"We want to show them a different side of us," said Walters. (Source: WALB)
They could spend up to $50 (Source: WALB)
The event has been happening for over 60 years (Source: WALB)
"It just enriches their and our lives," said Heim. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Kids will have a Merry Christmas this year, and it's thanks to a caring community and some compassionate law enforcement officers.
"We want to enrich their lives and make them understand that police officers are their friends and if they need help, that's what police officers are there for," said Richard Heim, organizer.
Kids made their way through the aisles of Kmart in Albany during the "Shop with a Cop" program.
"Some of our little ones aren't as fortunate as others. So we want to let them know that we are here for them and we want to give to them and have them have a joyful season just like everybody else," said Sgt. Phyllis Walters, Albany Police Department.
Families were escorted by members of law enforcement who helped each of the children pick out $50 worth of clothing and toys.
Parents said this was a chance for them to learn a valuable lesson, that police are approachable.
Over 50 kids came out to shop.
Officers say this is a welcomed event each year but this year was even more special.
There have been over seven officers shot in Georgia the last two weeks.
The two killed in Americus hit a little bit harder for Albany and Dougherty County Police.
"We're letting them see a different part of us. Most of the time the only interaction that know about police is when they see something bad. But this event is to let them know that we are here for them and we're human too," said Walters.