Shop With A Cop

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It's a yearly tradition around the country, as well as Thomasville. Law enforcement officers are teaming up for what they say is their most important mission of the year.

Thomasville police OFC Dominic Ford has been with the force two years and says,

"We have a lot of kids, a lot of families out there and they need assistance this time of year."

Shop With A Cop pairs a police officer with a child for the shopping spree of a lifetime.

SGT Ricky Singletary said, "I really enjoy it, being out here with the kids, it's real rewarding to help someone."

Thanks to local business donations, each child is given $100 and a buddy to get what they want this Christmas from Wal-Mart.

OFC Ford said, "They may get clothes, toys, but its all about the kids, whatever makes them happy, that's the important thing."

SGT Singletary said, "This is not a charity, this is a mentor type thing. We want to make sure we're not seen as a charity because I can give anyone $100 to buy what they want, but this is the time an officer can spend with a child in the store, and they get to know each other on a personal level."

So while these children are just filling up shopping carts, and getting everything on their wish lists, these officers are hoping it will make a difference in the lives of these children.

The list of children for this year's Shop With A Cop were from the Department of Family and Children, and a local abuse shelter.