Smiles all around at ‘Shop with a Cop’ event

(Posted Dec. 27, 2018)

By Dedra Cordle, staff writer

On Dec. 19, six families in the London community came out to the Walmart Superstore on Lafayette Street to take part in the annual Shop with a Cop event.

The event came to the city seven years ago, thanks to London Police Department Detective Donovan Cooper who was inspired by similar outings for families in need in neighboring communities. Each year, he said, the event has grown in both the numbers of participating families and the amount of donations given by the community.

Social worker Stacey Jordan said they typically begin seeking donations from businesses and individuals months ahead of time. This year, they raised $2,500 and were granted an additional $1,000 from Walmart.

London Police Officer Michael Orahood examines the mystery egg that Alex Reaves, 5, has his sights set on.
Colton Mathews, 1, enjoys both the cart full of goodies and being pushed around by London Police Officer Mike Leavitt.
London K-9 Officer Michael Combs discusses the differences between baby dolls with Yana Reaves, 4.
The officers and families of those who participated in the Shop with a Cop event gather together at the end of the shopping spree.
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