“A heartwarming experience.” That’s how North Park Police Chief Kim Hawkes described the “Shop with a Cop” outing last Saturday where law enforcement officers spent several hours of their time shopping with kids who otherwise may not have had an opportunity.Chief Hawkes says the annual project started at the Golden Corral where 34 children had breakfast, were matched up with a cop, then on to K-Mart to shop in all parts of the store.”It’s amazing,” Hawkes said. “Some of the excitement was the fact that they were going to be able to get something for a mother, or father, or their brothers and sisters, and the excitement in knowing that their family was going to really love this.”We had pajamas, we had candles, we had cooking utensils, we had, of course, traditional toys, we had Christmas decorations that were purchased for the families.”Chief Hawkes says the number of kids was down a little this year because of the economy and he’s hoping that next year there will be 50 kids participating in “Shop With A Cop.” He says programs like this keep cops coming back.
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