Police officers and students shopped till they dropped thanks to the Pickering Town Centre.
The Cop Shop event saw Durham Regional Police and the Pickering Town Centre team up to help 30 children complete their Christmas wish lists when they were each presented with a $200 gift card. Officers volunteered their time to be a personal shopper to one of 30 students, selected from different schools in Ajax and Pickering.
“Cop Shop is a great opportunity for us to get involved with youth in a positive light,” said Chief Mike Ewles. “Our officers were excited about the opportunity to be a part of this event. Many of our officers were completing a night shift but were up and ready to hit the stores. I’m proud of our members and the difference they continue to make in our community.”
Everyone involved was treated to a lunch, hosted by East Side Mario’s, in order to fuel up for the day’s events. Even Santa stopped by to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and presented each child with a stocking, donated by Mastermind.
The students impressed everyone with their generosity. Several students bought toys to donate to children in need.
The Cop Shop event was started four years ago by the Halifax Shopping Centre and ran at the same time in Halifax, Pickering, Winnipeg and Calgary. Approximately 400 children will participate in the Cop Shop event across Canada.
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Emileigh, Officer Rama and Santa get ready to shop (JPG file, 387.2K bytes)
Chief Ewles helps Isiah go over his shopping list (JPG file, 422.8K bytes)
Our shoppers get ready for a busy afternoon (JPG file, 488.1K bytes)