“Shop with a Cop” benefits needy or neglected children from across San Diego County at our annual event held in early December. Each year, “Shop with a Cop” provides a joyful holiday for underprivileged children who, without this event, may not experience one. The participating children are identified by schools, churches and social services agencies.
On the day of the event, uniformed officers from various local, state and federal agencies volunteer their time to be with the children at SeaWorld for breakfast and a dolphin show. From SeaWorld, the children participate in a law enforcement procession and head to Target for a morning of shopping with their law enforcement partner. Each child is provided with a $100 Target gift card to spend on themselves and their family.
As this event is fully funded by grants and donations, we strive to raise $30,000 each year so that we may accommodate at least 300 children. With the generous support of our sponsors, and donations from the San Diego community, we were able to provide 338 children with this wonderful holiday gift in 2008.
This program was designed to benefit underprivileged children between the ages of five and twelve years old. The purpose of this event is to provide a happier holiday season to these children and to have the children interact with law enforcement officers in a positive setting.