Shop with a Cop events create smiles and connections

Cross-posted from the Sheriff’s Office newsletter

The annual Skyway Shop with a Cop event was held recently at the Renton Walmart. Over 80 children and their families showed up and were warmly greeted by volunteers and deputies from around the agency. Each registered child was paired with a deputy to walk through the store to select the child’s choice of items. The event was supported by the Alajawan Brown Foundation.

The Covington Shop with a Cop event also took place at the local Walmart. This year, approximately 180 children participated, with each child given approximately $75 to purchase something they would like for Christmas. They received support from the Covington Rotary and Maple Valley Rotary, as well as numerous volunteers.

At these special events, the children take away key lessons such as budgeting, decision-making, and teamwork, all while making a new friend. The events also provide an opportunity for law enforcement to have a positive interaction with needy children and their families.