The "Shop with a Cop" program pairs elementary age children with an area law enforcement officer to go shopping for Christmas gifts for their family and themselves. The children are selected with the assistance of school counselors. These students have suffered a traumatic or negative event with law enforcement or come from families with financial difficulties.
On the designated day, the kids arrive at the Ludington Wal-Mart and are paired up with their officer. They then have a picture taken with Santa and the officer prior to shopping. The officers take their partners and shop for Christmas gifts for their immediate family and the child themselves. After completing their shopping, the gifts are paid for and then wrapped for the child.
In an attempt to raise funds for the Shop with a Cop program we are organizing a pie auction. One hundred per cent of the funds raised will go towards the program because there is no overhead. All participants are volunteers.