Students and officers took the Pickering Town Centre by storm on Dec. 14 thanks to the 4th annual CopShop event.
The Durham Regional Police and the Pickering Town Centre team up to help 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..
“Every year our officers take the time out of their busy schedule to volunteer for this event and I would like to thank them for their dedication,” said Chief Ewles. “it’s a great event that allows us to spend some quality time with the youths in our community and get in the Christmas spirit.”
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.
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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Santa arrives at East Side Mario's (JPG file, 458.3K bytes)
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Brothers get ready to keep our officers on their toes (JPG file, 390.9K bytes)