Elizabethton Police Department participates in Shop with a Cop for local children
Christmas came a little early for several children in Elizabethton and Carter County on Wednesday as the annual Shop with a Cop took place at Walmart in Elizabethton.
The Elizabethton Police Department sold t-shirts as part of their fundraising efforts as well as taking donations from individuals and churches. Many other events were held including one at Kingsport Motor Speedway that county SRO Frank Peters helped organize.
After getting their tummies full of pizza and cake at Elizabethton High School, the children were escorted with lights blazing as law enforcement cars led the two school buses full of excited children to Walmart.
They were dropped off near the lawn and garden center where their partnering police officer was waiting to go shopping with them
From the toy section to electronics as well as from the coat and glove section to pajamas, the young people had a $200 gift card that they were to spend on themselves only.
However, some might have snuck a gift or two for their siblings or parents as well.
The event exceeded expectations and accomplished what it was meant to and that was to bring the spirit of Christmas to those who otherwise might have had a blue Christmas.