Santa, cops deliver cheer to kids
Updated On: Dec 06 2012 04:43:22 AM CST
Some lucky kids from Berks County celebrated Christmas early, all for a good cause.
"We expect to do a lot of hugging tonight with great kids, and see some smiling faces," said Jim Boscov, vice chairman of Boscov's.
The event was called Shop With A Cop, and was held Wednesday evening at Boscov's North in Muhlenberg Township.
Twenty kids, some from needy families, had the opportunity to take a picture with Santa Claus and a police officer.
After Santa gave each child a $100 gift certificate, they were paired with a Berks County police officer who accompanied them on a shopping spree at Boscov's department store.
Shop With A Cop is in its second year, and is sponsored jointly by Boscov's and Crime Alert: Berks County, organizers said.
Officials explained why it was important for the kids to spend time bonding with police officers.
"So they learn a little bit about what a policeman is and so forth," said Barry Rohrbach, founder of Crime Alert: Berks County.
Rohrbach adds that sometimes the officer really gets into the season of giving.
"Sometimes if they [the kids] go a little bit over a $100, the cop reaches in his pocket and pays the rest. It's a great thing to do, and we're proud we can be doing this," said Rohrbach.
Organizers say they hope to host the event again next year, and help even more children.
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