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CSU Police help local children for the holidays

By Brian Mitchell
Dec. 1 2011

Cleveland State police officers are partnering with several other police departments from throughout Cuyahoga County to participate in the annual “Shop with a Cop” program.

The “Shop with a Cop” charity program began in 1992 and provides needy children with the opportunity to go holiday shopping.

Each underprivileged child receives $110 to spend on anything they wish. The children and officers will be shopping at the Macedonia Wal-Mart. Last year the event helped brighten the holidays for over 300 local children.

This year, CSU police officers will be shopping with needy children from CSU’s partnership Campus International Elementary School.
The date of the event is Dec. 10. The day will begin with officers giving the children a tour of the CSU police station. The group will then move to Bedford were they will meet up with other participating groups of local police and children. Police then form a motorcade on their way to Wal-Mart where the children are allowed to play with the police car’s sirens and lights. The day concludes with a pizza party at Garfield Hts. High School.

“A lot of the children buy gifts for everyone else but themselves,” said a spokesman from CSU’s “Shop with a Cop” program. “It’s also sad when the children say all they want is a warm coat.”

CSU police are seeking donations from the CSU community to help facilitate the event. Officers are accepting donations and are also selling raffle tickets. To donate or buy a raffle ticket please visit the campus safety building at 1840 Chester Ave. Police would like to have all donations no later than Dec. 6. For more information, please contact CSU Police at 216-687-2020.

To see a video of last year’s “Shop with a Cop” event, please click here.