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Shop with a Cop to pair police with needy children

Published 7:52pm Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Alexander City Police Department will be bringing back its Shop with a Cop program this year.

The program relies on officer and community donations to raise funds that are in turn used to help needy children during the holidays.

“This is our second year of doing this program,” said Lt. James Orr. “The goal is to create relationships with needy children in our community by offering an opportunity for our police officers to go shopping with children who may not have a Christmas. These children get to see the officers in a different light.”

Last year the program raised $1,445, and helped 15 different children from nine different families.

“Officers go out with them to a store, and the parents and children get to shop and pick out what they want to get,” Orr said. “It truly is a great program.”

Lt. Durell Alford was one of the officers that got to take children shopping last year.

“Every one of the children I dealt with was very happy they were able to go through and pick out things they wanted,” Alford said. “It did my heart good to see them be able to get something.”

Alford said he was moved by the generosity of one child, who got up to the register and found out she still had money she could use.

“We told her she could go back but she told us “No, I have enough,” Alford said.

Orr said the number of children they can help this year depends on the amount of donations received.

“Community members can also contributre,” Orr said.

To donate, contact Deputy Chief Jay Turner, Chief Willie Robinson or Orr at ACPD by calling 256-234-3421.

The deadline for donations is Dec. 18, as the officers will be taking the children out to shop Dec. 20.