The first ever Shop with a Cop took place on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Troy Wal-Mart as 14 families from the Troy School District were given the opportunity to shop for Christmas presents with a cop as their escort for the trip. Troy Elks Lodge #2805 put the program together and used a $1,000 Promise Grant that they received to put towards the shopping trip. Each child chosen received $100 to do with what they wanted. They could buy one gift, or as many little gifts as their $100 would allow. Each family was paired with local law enforcement to race around the store and find the best treasures. Having a cop shop with them was all about getting the kids to understand that they are not the enemy, the police officers are there to help and to give assistance.
For some, the trip was short as they knew exactly what they wanted with their share of the money, but for others, they wanted to explore every option that they had. All the children seemed so happy and proud as they stood in the checkout line with their carts. It was a great experience and something that the Elks Lodge says they will continue to do as long as the need is present to help families in the area.
All the families that were present were also given the opportunity to have an Elks food basket complete with a full days meal for Christmas.