OCEAN COUNTY – O.C.E.A.N., Inc. is partnering with the Ocean County Police Athletic League for their 1st Annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ event.
The event will take place on December 19 at both the Walmart of Brick and Little Egg Harbor. Officers and volunteers at both locations will help 100 Ocean County children from disadvantaged families.
Not only do children get to go shopping for Christmas, but Shop with a Cop allows kids to have fun during the holidays and bond with the local officers. Each child is given allotted $150 to shop for a special gift or gifts for the holidays.
During the event, police officers will be paired with each child and they will pre-scan toys and calculate their assigned child’s order to make sure they are within $150 before going to checkout. The Ocean Inc. staff also provides each child with a $50 Shoprite Gift Card to bring home to their family to aid with food insecurities.
“This is an event that Ocean Inc. was able to put together that involves law enforcement at the highest level” said Channell Wilkins, Ocean Inc. President/CEO. “The Shop with a Cop Program in Ocean County was funded by Ocean Inc. through the NJDCA Community Services Block Grant.”
The Program promotes social justice and positive police relationships for families as they gain the skills, knowledge and enhance their ability to engage within the community.
For questions regarding the event, call (732) 244-5333 Ext. 910.