LEXINGTON PARK, Md. — After COVID-19 prevented the typically annual event last year, where police help underprivileged children get ready for the start of the school year, “Shop With A Cop” made a surging return this past weekend.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office(SMCSO) and the Maryland State Police Leonardtown Barrack both participated in the community event which typically is done at Christmas time and with the return of school. The goal of this event was to get children in need of school supplies what they need before classes started.

This back-to-school event was primarily hosted at the Walmart in California, Md. Some notable members of the sheriff’s office made appearances such as Sheriff Tim Cameron and Captains David Yingling and Steve Hall.

SMCSO Spokeswoman Julie Yingling said that they were happy to return after last year was impacted by COVID, and acknowledged how outside organizations helped make the event successful this year.

“The money is all donated by generous businesses and citizens and the 7th District Optimist put on a breakfast for the children as well,” Yingling said. “[They] are the group who raises the money and coordinates donations for the great event.”

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