"Shop With A Cop" Despite Icy Roads
Several families enjoyed an evening "Shopping With A Cop" at Walmart on Bells Ferry Road.
Tuesday night's "Shop With A Cop" at Walmart on Highway 92 was literally overflowing with police officers ready to help children pick out Christmas gifts.
Wednesday night's "Shop With A Cop" at Walmart on Bells Ferry Road started with only one officer available to shop with the children while others were trapped on icy roads for more than two hours before being able to make it to the event.
A few families came early before roads froze over and the other families will be able to attend the rescheduled event Monday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m.
One child who was able to enjoy his "Shop With A Cop" experience was 7-year-old Seth Thomas. He and his mother, Elizabeth Farrell, were accompanied by ADS Hank Dunlap.
"Christmas would be boring, very quiet without this," Farrell said. "I am excited for my son. He's a good boy and likes to help people. We are going to give back to others at Christmas this year."
Seth's older sister and cousin stayed home with their grandmother while Seth picked out gifts for each of them. He chose to forgo extra purchases for himself and used the money to buy gifts for other family members he said he deeply cares about such as his father, brother and grandmother.
Seth was meticulous with each selection and said he was looking forward to seeing others smile on Christmas day.
Dunlap experienced "Shop With A Cop" for the first time this year. He has two children of his own.
"I do this because I love kids," he said. "You see their faces light up, and it's really special.
Seth said his favorite part of the night was when he got to see "Mr. Hank".
"Without this, Christmas would probably be sad," Seth said. "Our family doesn't have a lot of things. Me and my sisters would be down. I think this is going to be a great Christmas."