Area Youth to Shop with a Cop

More than 40 underprivileged children will take part in the “Shop with a Cop” program on Saturday.
Participants will create Christmas lists for their immediate family members, shop for those gifts, eat lunch and wrap gifts with Rotarians and police officers. The shopping will be at the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 207 S. Memorial Drive, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Shop with a Cop is a cooperative youth intervention program sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tulsa, Fraternal Order of Police and Walmart.
More than 40 area underprivileged children will participate in the Shop with a Cop program. Participants will create Christmas lists for their immediate family members, shop for those gifts, eat lunch and wrap gifts with Rotarians and police officers.
One Rotarian and police officer will be matched with each child. Rotarians will assist the children to generate their family Christmas lists and then the youth will shop for those gifts and wrap them with a uniformed police officer. While the police officer and child shop for family gifts, Rotarians will shop for the child. The children are referred to this annual holiday program by Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Celia Clinton Elementary School.
“The goal of the program is to provide at-risk children with a positive experience with law enforcement and provide a Christmas to families that likely would not have one otherwise,” said Rotarian and Shop with a Cop committee chairperson, Becky Goumaz. “It is our hope that meeting an officer and having a positive experience can help these young people in the future to either avoid trouble, or create a bond and/or general trust in a police officer in order to seek future help.”



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