‘Shop With A Cop’ brings Christmas early to hundreds of kids

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Dozens of kids got early Christmas gifts at the Meijer on Southport Rd. Saturday morning at the annual Shop With A Cop event.

Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge #86, along with a number of community partners, makes the event possible. Rick Snyder with the FOP says this is one of the largest Shop With A Cop events in the country, adding that they expect to help more than 200 children.

The day started bright and early with each officer picking up their assigned child or family at their house. Not only giving officers the chance to get to know the family, but it gives them extra time together as they travel to Meijer for the big shopping day. This year, the children shopped for winter clothing, a few special toys, and had the chance to visit with Santa.

Snyder says they try to remind the kids of another mission while they’re out shopping; this year’s theme was “Paying it Forward: The Power of Unity.” The officers asked the kids to bring at least one item of non-perishable food to donate to support the David S. Moore pantry in honor of fallen officers. The children had to assembled food bags for seniors in need in Indianapolis before they could start their own shopping.

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