Foster kids participate in Shop with a Cop program in Covington

COVINGTON -- Christmas came a bit early for 25 very special youngsters this year. Those children participated in the Covington Police Department's and the Newton County Department of Family and Children's Services' annual "Shop with a Cop" program Tuesday afternoon at the Covington Walmart store.

According to CPD Capt. Ken Malcom, the CPD has participated in the "Shop with a Cop" program for several years, but even before that, officers have made sure that needy children received Christmas gifts.

"We always done something for kids, ever since the Police Who Care Fund started generating more money from the Fuzz Run," Malcom said. "The way we've done it for the last few years, DFACS selects the kids that are in foster care."

This year DFACS received a grant from Walmart and those funds, together with those from the Police Who Care Fund, will total about $3,000 for Christmas gifts for Newton County's foster kids.

Malcom said about 20 officers have volunteered their time to go on a shopping spree with each child and help pick out Christmas gifts.

Malcom said it is very touching that most of the youngsters are more excited about buying something for someone else than they are about picking out something for themselves.

"It's the sweetest thing. They buy for their family and we have to make them buy something for themselves," Malcom said. "These kids are so selfless and want to take care of other people. Every year that I've done it, I've had to make them buy something for themselves."