ECSO and Target help needy children shop for their families

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Target to help needy children shop for their families this Christmas. The “Shop with a Cop” program will take place Wednesday December 5, 2012 at the Target at Bayou Blvd. Children in need were identified by ECSO School Resource Officers to participate in the program, and will each be given a $100 gift card that will allow them to purchase Christmas gifts. Escambia County Deputies, volunteering their time, will escort the children to the Target on and help them with their shopping.

“Shop with a Cop” provides a joyful holiday for underprivileged children who, without this event, may not experience one. In addition, the program teaches these children that Police Officers and Deputies are someone they can trust and depend on in a time of crisis. Target will donate gift cards for the children to use in their shopping and designate two check-out lanes for the event. Volunteers will wrap the items and there will be other fun events for the kids during the event.