Caroline Optimist Club hosts Shop with a Cop
RIDGELY — Local law enforcement members gave Caroline County children a trip to the Denton Walmart to pick out Christmas presents as part of the seventh annual Shop with a Cop program, hosted by the Caroline County Optimist Club.
About 20 children were paired with police officers from Ridgely, Denton, Greensboro, Federalsburg, Maryland State Police and the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office. The officers took each child around Walmart to do Christmas shopping.
The children selected presents for themselves and family members as part of the program.
The Caroline County Optimist Club raised the money with help from businesses and local organizations, including the Denton Walmart, Pizza Empire, Sweet Caroline, Ridgely Car Show, 404 Taphouse who hosted a fundraiser and Bath and Body Work.
“The interaction with the community and the kids is great because of the positive interaction law enforcement can give to the families,” said Maryland State Police Dective Sgt. Keith Johnson who also serves on the Denton Town Council. “It is important to have that interaction, not just for the community, but for us to get to know community members better.
“To spend time with them is great because you get to see the joy they get out of having some time to go and give back to their families,” he said. “This is my fourth or fifth year with the kids, and each year I’ve had a kid that wants to get something for their family rather than for themselves. It shows you the great heart the kids have because they always want to help others.”
After officers and children completed their Christmas shopping, the children got to ride with the police officers to the new Ridgely Volunteer Fire Department to wrap the presents and enjoy a pizza party courtesy of Pizza Empire.
Johnson thanked Caroline Optimist Club Vice President Joe Riley for organizing Shop with a Cop.
“Having the Caroline Optimist Club is a big benefit to the community,” Johnson said. “They make a positive impact. They help bring the community together. They help kids from the entire county.”
Maryland State Police Tfc. William Bringman, Za’din Johnson and MSP Tfc. Garrett Graef wrap Christmas presents during Shop with a Cop at the Ridgely Volunteer Fire Department Saturday, Dec. 8.
Caroline County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Ron Dixon, right, helps wrap presents for local children during the Caroline County Optimist Club Shop With A Cop event Saturday, Dec. 8.
About 20 children went Christmas shopping with local members of law enforcement during the 2018 Caroline County Optimist Club Shop with a Cop event Saturday, Dec. 8.
Amber Thamert, of the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, helps wrap presents for local children during the Caroline County Optimist Club Shop With A Cop event Saturday, Dec. 8.