CLEARLAKE— First thing Tuesday morning, before the sun even began to shine, excited children lined up inside Walmart to be thrown in with a “partner of the day” and shop their hearts out for the holidays. The eighth annual “Shop With a Cop” event was held in Clearlake from 7 to 11 a.m. with 200 children ages 6 to 12 spending $250 each for a total of $50,000.
As an added bonus this year Clearlake Walmart management presented Lake County Sheriff Sgt. John Drewery and 40 vouchers for Christmas trees in case any families need help this season. Drewery organizes this event every year, and the largest police force ever has reached 60 officers from 11 different agencies including all law enforcement agencies in the lake participating this year. Drewery shared, “I’ve only cried once this year, and that’s huge for me.”
Since 2015 the Shop with a Cop program was started by the Drewery’s with a generous donation of $10,000 allowing them to take 50 children shopping for $200 per child. Today the event has grown through dedication and fundraising to a $50,000 budget.
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