“Shop with a Cop 2018” was a huge success! The Kiwanis Club of Douglas County sponsored its 21st Kids Christmas Special “Shop with a Cop” event at the Walmart off Hwy 5. Each year the Kiwanis Club raises funds to take a child from a financially challenged household Christmas shopping. This year 120 students were selected from six local elementary schools: Eastside, Burnett, North Douglas, Bright Star, Dorset Shoals and Mt. Carmel Elementary Schools.
Teachers/chaperones from each school requested buses, also paid for by the Kiwanis Club, and transported the students to the Kids Christmas Special event. Upon arriving, students were escorted to the back of the Walmart store where they could talk with Santa and have a picture made, sit at tables and have snacks until the event started.
Each student was allotted $100 to spend on themselves and/or siblings and parents. Students were escorted by local law enforcement (Douglas County Sheriff’s Office), firemen, military, City and County employees, as well as local officials representing Douglasville and Douglas County. The escorts assisted their assigned students in making their purchases and remaining in the $100.00 range. After the items were rung up by the cashiers, they were bagged for each student with their name and school on the bag. The bags were taken to the individual schools. The Kiwanis Club paid the final bill.
We would also like to thank the Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy Alums (CLEAA) for helping “bag and tag” each child’s purchase(s). Their help is always appreciated!