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Shop With A Cop helps less fortunate kids

Officer Craig Treadwell shows a little girl a toy that she wants during the Covington Police Department’s Shop With A Cop event Monday afternoon. The CPD has held this event annually for 12 years. (Staff Photo: Ryan McKenzie)

Officer Craig Treadwell shows a little girl a toy that she wants during the Covington Police Department’s Shop With A Cop event Monday afternoon. The CPD has held this event annually for 12 years. (Staff Photo: Ryan McKenzie)

COVINGTON — Twenty local children received an early Christmas present this week, thanks to the Covington Police Department. Every holiday season for the past 12 years, the Covington Police Department has held its annual Shop With A Cop event to help less fortunate children have a happier holiday.

In collaboration with Newton County Department of Family and Children Services, the CPD takes children on a shopping trip to Walmart, where they can shop for the items on their Christmas lists.

“It’s been a very successful program. Just to see what the kids get out of it is very rewarding,” said Lt. Paul Daily during the annual even Monday afternoon at the Covington Walmart on Industrial Boulevard.

A police officer was assigned to a child to shop with, and each child was given a $100 gift card. The gift cards were provided through the Police Who Care Fund, which is generated from the CPD’s annual Fuzz Run, employee donations and other donors.

Children who take part in Shop With A Cop usually range from 4 to 16 years old, but many younger children participated in this year’s function.