NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officers with the North Charleston Police Department are taking over 80 deserving children on a shopping spree to help boost their Christmas cheer.
The 3rd Annual "Kids and Cops" event will begin Saturday morning with officers going to the homes of 81 elementary and middle school students and picking them up for a special meet-and-greet breakfast with Santa. After creating their shopping lists, each pair will head to Walmart in Centre Pointe for the Christmas shopping spree.
Conceived by School Resource Officer Drew Ivey, "Kids and Cops" provides shopping sprees to students who may not be able to enjoy Christmas due to family economic and financial hardships. Students who are selected are screened by school guidance counselors.
After the shopping spree, officers and their students will eat lunch together before heading home.
Last year, "Kids and Cops" took 60 students on a $150 shopping spree at Walmart. Donations from local businesses and organizations allowed that number to increase to 81 this year.