Police officers and students shopped till they dropped thanks to the Pickering Town Centre.
The CopShop event saw Durham Regional Police and the Pickering Town Centre team up to help 26 specially chosen 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 each child. Children chosen for CopShop are recommended by various sources and selected according to need, recognition of specific academic or sports achievements, or because of volunteer efforts that are making a difference in their communities..
“CopShop 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. 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 CopShop event was started in 2005 by the Halifax Shopping Centre and ran at the same time in Halifax, Pickering, Winnipeg and Calgary. Approximately 350 children will participate in the CopShop event across Canada.
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Insp. Bruce Townley, PTC Marketing Director Lorna Murphy, Chief Mike Ewles and PTC Security Manager Sam Lindo spend some time with Santa (JPG file, 370.7K bytes)
Officer Charlyn and Ann-Margaret buy some gifts for her brother (JPG file, 484.0K bytes)
Six-year-old Earl get Officer Bryan to give him a hand (JPG file, 464.3K bytes)