Now the department is looking for the continued support of the community to make sure that list continues to grow.
The seventh annual “Christmas with a Cop” will be held Saturday morning, Dec. 12 in Apex.
The event begins with children being given a limousine ride to Super Target where they will get to choose their own Christmas presents. Those presents will be gift-wrapped by officers and delivered to the kids’ homes on Dec. 18.
Following their shopping adventure at Super Target, the children will be treated to lunch at Rudino’s.
Of course, as is the case every year, the number of children helped and the amount of money available for presents depends on donations from local residents and businesses.
So far, donations have been less than usual.
“With this down economy it has been slow,” said Sgt. English. “The public has really stepped up to help the children every year. We need that support again so we can help these children.”
The children participating in the program are chosen with the aid of local churches, school counselors and other outreach organizations.
In years past, each child has been allowed to spend around $100 to $120. English would like to see that amount maintained in 2009.
“We don’t want to have to cut back on that amount or the number of children we help,” said English. “Many times officers spend money out of their own pockets but it does depend on the amount of donations we receive.”
For more information about how you can help the “Shop with a Cop” project call Sgt. English (249-3455) or Capt. Jacques Gilbert (249-3464).