The Patrick Henry Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police and its partners worked to bring Christmas joy to 70 youngsters in its ‘Shop With A Cop’ event.
Youngsters selected to participate in the program receive a set amount of funds to spend during a shopping excursion to Walmart. Law enforcement officers are ‘shopping buddies’ to participants.
Shopping was spread out this year to prevent groups from being too large, but the need has never been greater, according to the Martinsville Police Department, which is among the agencies helping with the event.
The Harvest Youth Board, Woodmen Life, Hannah Boyd Photography, Richard Ratcliffe Photography, Vernon W. Peters & Sons Contractor, the Abundant Life Fellowship, and several independent sponsors, also were among those helping with the project.