ABERDEEN, Wash. - Shop With a Cop is this Saturday, police officers from all over the county are taking kids out shopping for presents. Local founder Betty Crass says their 15th annual event will start around 7 tomorrow morning "and after breakfast we'll take a couple pictures and have our parade from the Eagles - and we do a little winding through Aberdeen just to give it a little more length to the drive.” That "parade" will include units from nine city police departments, county, and state, as well as tribal police blaring sirens and thrilling their passengers. This year 11 local elementary schools provided the names of 60 children for their shopping trip to Walmart. "One of the brightest parts of Christmas on the harbor is seeing all of these officers with these children having such a good time.
Crass adds that she plans to retire from the event this year, and is handing over the reigns to Kim Adams of Montesano. "Grays Harbor has come through again, 15 years of helping us out with sponsors and contributions and I'm retiring at the end of this year." Sponsors of the event include Cosmo Specialty Fibers, Aberdeen Walmart, Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Volunteers in Police Work, Aberdeen Police Officer's Guild, Montesano VFW #2455, East Grays Harbor Rotary, KD & S Environmental, Sandy Burkhamer, Westport Shipyard, Mary's River Lumber, Aberdeen McDonald's, Montesano Moose Lodge, Grays Harbor Sheriff's Deputies Association, Aberdeen Eagles Aeriel #24, Pacific Beach Ladies Aid, Keystone Graphics, XICHI Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Sunny 102.1, and a special thank you to Betty Crass.