Northampton Township, Middletown Township and surrounding police departments are preparing for the 6th annual Shop with a Cop on Dec. 11.
Shop with a Cop is a national program pairing police officers with children to afford them a better holiday season. The program also allows children to view police officers in a different atmosphere to promote positive relationships. The children (elementary and middle school levels) are faced with life challenges, such as a parent losing a job, homelessness, military deployment, economic shortcomings and other hardships.
Shop with a Cop is funded through the generous donations of the community, from private sponsors and local businesses. Volunteers from the community help with gift wrapping, hosting and registration. Each child is allotted a monetary gift card to purchase gifts for family members and themselves, allowing for a more enjoyable holiday. All participating police officers volunteer their own time to support the program