|24 kids included in inaugural event|
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Twenty-four local students were provided with $100 to use for Christmas shopping at Walmart Saturday through the “Shop with a Cop” program.
Friday, December 13, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
Franklin County's first "Shop with a Cop" event Saturday was a great success, according to Sgt. Karl Martin with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF).
Officers with the DGIF, Virginia State Police, Franklin County Sheriff's Office and Rocky Mount Police Department paired up with 24 local students -- two from each of the county's elementary schools -- to do a little Christmas shopping, Martin said.
Each child was given $100 to buy gifts, school supplies and clothing at the Rocky Mount Walmart, Martin said. The money was donated by "generous" businesses and individuals in Franklin County.
After their afternoon of shopping, the children were treated to a meal at Bojangles in Rocky Mount, Martin said.
"The officers and the children had a great time," Martin said. "We want to expand the program next year, so the event will only get better."
"This program not only provides Christmas gifts for kids in need, it also increases their awareness that police officers are here to help them," Martin added.