GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -The “Shop with a Cop” program currently serves about 20 underprivileged children between the ages of 6 and 16, but Walmart says it may want to expand the program in the near future.
“I would like to see it expanded to more children, you know, I think if people become more children, that we can feed them with this, I think it would be … important,” said Sam Pothier, Lake City Walmart Store. The manager.
“If Walmart provides, sometimes they try to give us a little bit more, then we can get more kids into the program …,” said Gerald Butler, Chief of Police for the Lake City Police Department.
Wednesday’s giveaway was a $100 gift card each to 20 local children.
Lieutenant Garrett Register said, “I enjoyed it, I’ve done it every year for 4-5 years now, we’re going to meet the kids and give them a chance to meet us, it’s a really good program.”
The main goal is to foster a positive relationship between youth and law enforcement.
“Whenever we need them, they are there, they help us in other events in the store, Black Friday events, they help us, they support us with that as well,” said Sam Pothier, Walmart Lake City Manager.
The sponsors want to send a message to the youth that law enforcement is on their side.
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