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Children get to 'shop with a cop'

Posted December 15, 2007
Updated November 18, 2008

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— Santa Claus came to Wake County children in the form a friendly law enforcement officer on Saturday.

About 65 children participated in the "Shop With a Cop" event, which let them go on a spending spree with Wake County sheriff deputies and police from agencies, including Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville and North Carolina State University.

"It certainly makes the season bright, not only for them but for the police officers, too," said Maj. Rick Grayson of the Raleigh Police Department. "It makes us feel really good, and the kids are extremely excited."

Raleigh police officers gave 15 children a $100 allowance to spend at Wal-Mart. Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison joined in at the K-Mart on Western Boulevard, where Lodge #41 of the Fraternal Order of Police gave $150 gift cards to more than 50 children.

At both locations, a law enforcement officer was paired with children and went through the store with them, ready to help them keep track of the money.

Officers and deputies said the children were generous with their holiday money.

"Many children had lists that not only included what they wanted and needed, but what they wanted to buy for moms, dads, little brothers and sisters," Phyllis Stevens, public-information officer for Wake County, said in a release.

Grayson said he hoped the holiday spirit shown to the children made a lasting impression.

"Everybody needs a role model, and that is what we are trying to do here," he said.


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  • Warden Dec 17, 2007

    What a wonderful story. Good for you, WRAL, for bringing attention and much needed Kudos to this story. As it has already been said, we need more news like this!

  • puredoller Dec 17, 2007

    I am so sick of reading about abductions, fires, drought and congress issues.

    I teared up a little when I read this, after first reading about the rescued puppy. It's good to still see some light in the news. too much depression is bad for you!

  • TLC2 Dec 17, 2007

    Wonderful story. Raleigh officers do this every year.

    Jokers Wild II: The majority of us know that their are more good officers than bad. It's just that our "wonderful" media likes to talk more about the bad. Thank you for being a good one!! next time I fly threw Greenville don't pull me over LOL

  • daisy Dec 17, 2007

    Nice Story!

  • DrunkSober Dec 16, 2007

    I hope the cop is not from the state highway patrol,otherwise a scandal will come ot sooner or later from this event.

  • Jokers Wild II Dec 16, 2007

    Done instead of "DOWN"

    and meant to add that this is a mere drop in the bucket compared to what a good Officer or Department provides for their community on a daily basis.

  • Jokers Wild II Dec 16, 2007

    I am glad they posted this as news.. Most of us are the good guys and the only ones that get recognition or news coverage are the few bad ones, hence its all most people hear or see.. so they can not vouch for the good down in the community every single day! Our department drew names from a list of needy children, and about 20+ officers I know of personally including myself have provided christmas for these children, even though they will never know who bought it, or why they bought it.. Excellent Work Wake County S.O. and RPD!

  • msudawg Dec 16, 2007

    It is a great event but they should have also given credit to the area businesses that donated the money to make this event happen.

  • Harrison Bergeron Dec 16, 2007

    Anymore, I wouldn't mind do all my shopping with a police escort as well.

  • Godschild43 Dec 16, 2007