SWATARA TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — Christmas came early on Saturday for Harrisburg area kids.
Shop with a Cop took place at Walmart in Swatara Township, Dauphin County. Harrisburg Area Police Athletic League teams up with Swatara Township Police and Walmart to put on this event that pairs kids with local law enforcement to shop for their families.
“Swatara Township Police has been part of the Harrisburg Police Athletic League for many years and with Walmart being in the Township we make sure the venue is set in place,” Cpl. Brandon Pokrop with the Swatara Township Police said.
“The goal is to build relationships and build bridges between the young people and law enforcement. To give them a better idea of not being afraid (and) to go instead of running away,” President and Board Chairman of Harrisburg Area Police Athletic League Dr. Charles Stuart said.
Walmart made a $12,000 donation giving the kids money to shop.
“As a corporation and as a store, we want to give back to the community. Give back to the kids we feel it’s a big deal and a privilege the excitement to see in the kid’s eyes with the cops and to be able to get the gifts,” Walmart Store Manager Bryan Beistline said.
Over 100 kids and law enforcement from across Dauphin County hit the aisles to build relationships and make an impact on the community.