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Community support made Shop with a Cop shine

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Thanks to donations, we were again able to help the children of our community this year with Shop with a Cop. Our officers were able to take 11 children to the Zebulon Walmart and help provide Christmas to these children. The Zebulon Walmart rolled out the red carpet. They had Santa Claus and cookies there waiting for the children. The staff helped throughout the entire event. It was an amazing experience thanks to the staff at that particular Walmart.

We would like to thank Angela Grover of Spring Hope Elementary and her support of the Shop with a Cop program. There are many angels among us who helped to make this event happen and bring joy to these children this year. While we were unable to get a grant this year, our administrative staff were like Santa’s little elves and went to work.

Many people stepped up to help make this event happen. The first was Sgt. Collins of the Rocky Mount Police Department who donated a significant amount personally, and many others followed. We would like to thank all of the contributors that helped make this event happen. We would like to thank Sgt. Collins of the Rocky Mount Police Department, Erader Mills, the town of Spring Hope and the staff, the Tar River Yacht Club, Southside Pharmacy, S&R Forklift, Dollar General, the Spring Hope Fire Department, the customers of Dollar General and those of you who came to the police department and who came up to officers while we were at Walmart.

We would like to thank Pat and Mark Cordova for their donation of Food Lion gift cards for the families. We would also like to thank Memo’s Pizza. Memo has been part of this event for the last four years and has never let us down. Finally, we would like to thank the officers for taking time to helping to make these children have a wonderful day. They enjoyed it as much as the children.

Without all these participants, this wonderful event would not have been possible. Thank you to each and every one who helped with this wonderful event.

Anthony Puckett

Spring Hope

The writer is chief of the Spring Hope Police Department.