Coronavirus has canceled another event, this time one that has paired hundreds of kids with police officers for a Christmas shopping event like no other. Police Chief Jeff Myers said in a Facebook post yesterday that the Shop-With-A-Cop program has been canceled this year, but he and his officers are working on something different to bring Christmas cheer into Hoquiam homes.
Jodesha Broadcasting is a founding supporter of the program and personally I’ve been covering the Shop-With-A-Cop program for over 12 years. The schools team local kids with local police for breakfast with Santa, a lights-and-sirens parade through Aberdeen, and a $100 Walmart gift card shopping trip before gift-wrapping services and the children are reunited with parents. Some of the kids get presents for their family, some gets presents for themselves, just about every year the officers also open their wallets to help them finish their shopping.
It’s a wonderful day that builds strong, lasting relationships – sometimes with kids who grow up to become the cops who shop with the kids.
Myers said they are working with Shop-With-A-Cop organizers to do something like establishing a giving tree in the lobby of the Hoquiam Police Department for Hoquiam kids. With a couple of months to prepare Myers says they will work with the schools to determine some families who could use a little help for Christmas and gather presents for each family, possibly even delivered by the big man himself.
The annual event usually invites children from every city in Grays Harbor so if you’d like to get something started for your own city, or if like to help in Hoquiam, please contact Chief Myers at [email protected]