Every child deserves to have a merry Christmas. Local police departments teamed up on Tuesday to make sure that happens for underprivileged children and their families.
Children from Arbor Housing & Development went on a shopping spree with police officers for the 5th annual Shop with a Cop event.
The Bath Police Department, New York State Police, Hammondsport Police, New York DEC, and Bath Veterans Affairs were all Santa’s honorary helpers for the day. Bath K-Mart and Arbor Housing & Development partnered with the various police departments to help plan the event.
Police officers showed the children their cars, and even let them play with the sirens before embarking on a shopping adventure. The kids got to buy gifts for themselves, as well as for their parents and siblings.
All of the funds for the gifts came directly from the officers. Bath Chief of Police, Chad Mullen, said he allows his officers to grow facial hair during the winter months for a small fee, which is then donated to causes like Shop with a Cop.
“It’s an amazing feeling. We have so much fun with these kids. Every year gets better,” Mullen said.
Crime Victims Advocate with Arbor Housing & Development, Elizabeth Covert, said, “Just the looks on these kids’ faces when they were shopping with these guys – I can only imagine what they’re going to look like on Christmas morning.”