California, MD — Dec.17, nine different law enforcement agencies came together at Wal-Mart located in California to shop with children 6 to 12 years old.

Each participating child was allotted money to spend however they chose during this event. Some opted to buy gifts for themselves. However, other children purchased household items for their families.

“This was a great year, we had a great turnout. All in total, we had 109 children, the largest amount in seven years,” said Sgt. Bill Raddatz who is the event coordinator for “Shop with a Cop.” 

The child was transported to Wal-Mart and then to the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds where they are awaited by Optimist members who served breakfast, wrapped their gifts and entertained them with a puppet show.

“As usual these kids are so selfless, many were looking for gifts for others within their families,” said Raddatz. 

The “Shop with a Cop” program is a non-profit 501(c) (3) charitable organization consisting of members of the St. Mary’s County Optimist Clubs and the St. Mary’s County Fraternal Order of Police.

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