I got chills when I read about this on The Patch. For the first time ever, the Newtown Township Police Department will host a Shop with a Cop event. I had never heard of it before, but, it's a national program that they're bringing local. Less fortunate children in the area will be paired up with police officers to shop for themselves and their families for the holidays. It's a wonderful chance for children to bond with police officers, see them in a new way, and form a positive relationship. This year, children from the Council Rock school district and St. Andrew's Elementary School have been picked to shop. The children selected are facing hardships at home like a parent, or parents without a job, military deployment, homelessness, economic hardships, and other challenges. They're given a $150 gift card to Target and will shop with an officer at the Target in Langhorne on December 2nd. According to the article, there will be 36 kids from 26 families. There will be community volunteers to help gift wrap the things they buy, so it's sure to be a special holiday for these families. Isn't this fabulous?  I hope other area police departments take on this tradition too. It warms my heart. For more info, click here.

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