Kingston youngsters, police take part in 4th annual Shop with a Cop event

Almost 20 Kingston youngsters took part in the fourth annual Shop with a Cop event at the Cataraqui Centre.

There was a heavy police presence at the Cataraqui Centre on Wednesday, but it was all for a good cause as Kingston’s annual Shop with a Cop event took place.

With the help of numerous sponsors, local police officers took nearly 20 youngsters on a holiday shopping trip at the west-end mall.

Local students get in some holiday shopping during annual Cop Shop

“We like to pick kids that would never have this positive engagement with police officers and then also maybe somebody that can be having a bad year or a bad time,” explained Const. Carolyn Gauthier with the Kingston police.

“Just a little help will put a smile on their face, or a little something under the tree can make things go a long way for a family at this time of year.”

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This marks the fourth year for the Kingston event. Only 17 Grade 7 and 8 students were chosen out of the 143 young people who applied.

Each youngster received a $200 gift card, which they used to buy gifts for their families, and police will help to wrap the gifts before they’re delivered.

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