Over 100 underprivileged children each year share the spirit of Christmas with tri-state area law enforcement personnel during the annual Bullhead City Shop with a Cop program.
“This is the best thing ever. It’s a dream for them,” said Christina Barela, whose two children were chosen to be
part of the program. “When I got the letter saying they were chosen, I was so happy and relieved. A lot of families here wouldn’t have a Christmas without this program.”
The children start their morning by having breakfast with police officers at the Elks Lodge. They then ride to Wal-Mart in a parade of patrol cars with lights and sirens.
“It was fun because I got to go in a parade and I liked watching the (police) lights,” said 10-year-old Zander Broom. “I got a whole bunch of clothes and presents for my mom, grandma, sister and my friends.”
The Shop with a Cop program is also a way for children to have a positive experience with a police officer.
"It’s really heartwarming. It gives kids the opportunity they normally wouldn’t have,” said Lydia Ruiz, a Shop with a Cop volunteer for the Fort Mojave Tribal Police Department. “It’s the best way to start December!”
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