5th Year Of Shop With A Cop Makes A Merry Christmas For 200 Kids

December 12, 2019

Events in Everett


Santa and just some of the police officers who made a great Holiday memory Wednesday night at the Everett Target store.

Editor’s note: This is one of our favorite events of the year to photograph. To protect the privacy of the kids involved we are only showing photos of the officers this year. Click on a photo to enlarge.

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Officers wait for the first group of kids to arrive.


Target set up dedicated check out lines for the event.


The officers were having as much fun as the kids


Not your standard police issue hat but it looks good on him.


Thumbs up for Shop with a Cop


A squad of officers from Mill Creek helped with the shopping.


Mukilteo and Seattle Police officers were also helping out.

This is the 5th year that the Everett Police Officers Association has hosted area families in what was previously known as Heroes and Helpers but is now called “Shop with a Cop.”

Wednesday night dozens of police officers mostly from Everett but with a few from Mill Creek, Mukilteo and Seattle gave local children an opportunity to purchase holiday gifts at Everett Target.

This special event sponsored over 200 Snohomish County children with a night that included pizza, pictures with Santa and shopping for holiday presents with officers.

“Last year we raised enough money to help over 175 children. But this holiday season, our local businesses, family and friends have been overwhelming in their generosity. I’m so happy to say that because of the donations, even more children had the opportunity to attend,” says event organizer Det. Jamie French.

“Every year, Shop with a Cop has grown and given us the opportunity to help more deserving children in Snohomish County. I am extremely thankful to everyone who plays a part in this event – including donors, police officers, volunteers and the Everett Target.”

The children who participate have been pre-selected and referred to the program by area social service providers. They range in age from one month to 17 years-old.

“This isn’t just fun for the kids, it’s also fun for the officers and volunteers who help with the event. To see the smiles and hear laughter throughout Target is priceless,” says Det. French. “Nights like these are heartwarming as we see how many children purchase gifts for others, rather than for themselves. We get to witness the true holiday spirit.”

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