Area kids shop with cops (Gallery, Video)
One little girl said that since her parents don’t have a lot and have to pay the bills with everything they get, she enjoyed being able to be one of the many kids who took part in the 19th Annual Shop with a Cop event on Saturday, Dec. 10 because she gets to help her family.
“I’m having a lot of fun,” she said with a cart that included a Rubik’s cube, as well as a stuffed Pikachu and Eevee, two species of Pokemon. “This is for my brother because he likes Pikachus. I like them too, but Eevee’s very cute.”
There were about 91 kids taking part, partnered with officers from 11 area agencies, including Prescott Police Department, Prescott Valley Police Department, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and Chino Valley Police Department.
Funded entirely by donations and supported by volunteers throughout the community, the event began at Yavapai College where the kids and officers left in a lights and siren procession all the way to the Wal-Mart store on Glassford Hill Road. There, they got to shop, enjoy breakfast and visit Santa before returning to their families at Yavapai College.
19th Annual Shop With A Cop
Shop with a Cop is her favorite event of the year, said Prescott Valley Police Officer Jennifer Watson, who was partnered with a boy who said he was having a lot of fun.
“I just love giving kids a Christmas and shopping with them,” she said. “It’s so much fun, it’s so rewarding.”
Prescott Valley Deputy Chief of Police James Edelstein was partnered with a boy who he said found items for his family before looking for something for himself. That’s not an uncommon for the kids to do, he said, noting that every year he’s participated, the kids always buy for others before buying for themselves.
“He bought for his grandparents, his great-grandparents, his aunt, his uncle, his mom and his little brother before he bought anything for himself,” Edelstein said.