By Kathryn “Chazz” Hirschfeld
HAMILTON — On Saturday, Dec. 16, the Hamilton Walmart Supercenter held its first “Shop with a Cop” event, where several children were able to shop for Christmas presents with members of the Hamilton Police Department.
Noticing other Walmart locations holding similar events, the local staff partnered with the HPD to benefit children whose parents did not qualify for other assistance, but who could use a little help during the holidays.
HPD Chief Jordan Carter addressed the children before their shopping spree, explaining he wanted them to know policemen are more than just law enforcers.
“We are here to help you,” he said. “We want you to know that policemen are your friends. We do so much more than enforce the law. We also respond to medical emergencies and traffic accidents, and more.
“Whatever you need, we want to help. If you feel like you’re in danger or if you see a crime, reach out to us.”
The children all seemed to enjoy partnering with the policemen and walking up and down the aisles of Walmart, looking around and choosing their individual presents.
Several children loaded carts with dozens of items, while one adventurous youth chose two giant monster trucks for his special Christmas. One thoughtful young lady purchased a first aid kid, in case of emergencies.
Each child was able to spend $200, with the funds being donated from the community and also from Walmart employees.
Sweet P’s Gifts and Accessories of Hamilton donated the t-shirts the children were gifted with to wear during the event. Xtra Events and Parties, also of Hamilton, provided the balloon arch for the children’s special photo with Santa.
Kim Mills of Walmart did the majority of the organizing for the event, while Walmart Coach Haley Parker acted as an elf to entertain the children.
Employees throughout the store also seemed to enjoy the shopping cop and kid teams, as they made their way down their wish lists.
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