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Dec. 14—Shop With a Cop serves over 40 children at Christmas

SOUTH POINT — For 15 families in the county, Monday brought a little relief for the Christmas holiday.

The annual Lawrence County Shop With a Cop event was held at the South Point Walmart, bringing together children and members of law enforcement for a Christmas shopping trip.

Trooper Derrick Malone, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, one of the main organizers of the event, said that, in total, 46 children participated. Counselors have been sent to schools in the region, as well as contact made by the police.

After entering through the garden center of the store, each child was given a budget and the journey began in the clothing area, where necessities were purchased, and the shopping ended in the toy department.

“But they can use it for whatever they want,” Malone said of the budget. “It’s their secret shopping spree.”

Malone said the event has been going on for almost two decades and all law enforcement agencies in the region were invited on Monday.

Funds come from private donations, collected throughout the year.

This year, Malone said Casa Grande provided dinner for the families, and large donations came from Luminant Energy, of Hanging Rock, whose employees were there to help on Monday.

He said they are always collecting donations for next year’s event and those who want to contribute can contact the Highway Patrol.

Malone said, in addition to providing Christmas, the event is also an opportunity to provide children with positive interactions with law enforcement.

“They see the person behind the badge,” he said.

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