(CALEDON, ON) – On December 21st, 2013, 45 deserving Caledon students had the opportunity to spend time with a police officer shopping for Christmas gifts for their families. Each student was provided with a $100.00 gift card graciously donated by local businesses and schools. The students were given an hour to wander the aisles of Wal-Mart Bolton to make their purchases. The shoppers were then paraded by police cruiser to Caesar’s Event Centre. The hungry shoppers and officers were then served breakfast and had a special visit from Santa. The shoppers were also treated by a K-9 presentation by P.C. Murray deRuiter from Central Region Canine.
“For the 2013 edition of Shop with a Cop!, I couldn’t have been more pleased with how the day unfolded. Our aim after our first event in 2012 was to improve every year, and we did so with more kids, more for them to do, and more Christmas cheer. It was interesting to watch the ‘veteran’ shoppers move into their roles again, and I have to confess to laughing at watching ‘rookie’ shoppers get their bearings as they were pulled into the toy section or video game aisle. This opportunity to reach out and build bridges wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the officers and staff of the Caledon OPP, the schools that participated, and our amazing sponsors and community volunteers. It truly was a community effort.
We are also pleased to announce that the program now has an official logo. After judging entries from the Bolton Pathfinders Group, the winning entry, by Kayla Rossi, was chosen to be the new logo for the Shop With a Cop! Program. The logo was unveiled during the breakfast portion of the event and Kaila’s logo was shown blown up on a 4 foot by 6 foot poster”, says Staff Sergeant Brian Knowler, Operations Manager for Caledon OPP.
The following sponsors kindly donated money, gift certificates or tokens for the event:
Caesar’s Event Centre
Celeste Iacobelli Law
Countryside Montessori School
Foodland Caledon East
Staff and employees of the Town of Caledon
King’s College School
MacNaughton Hermsen Britton Clarkson Planning Limited
Ontario Provincial Police Association
Pacific Paving Limited
The following schools donated funds to their own deserving students:
Allan Drive Middle School
Alloa Public School
Alton Village Public School
Caledon East Public School
Ellwood Memorial Public School
Herb Campbell Public School
James Bolton Public School
Macville Public School
Oxford Learning Centre
Pope John Paul II Elementary School
St. Cornelius Elementary School
St. Nicholas Elementary School
Walnut Grove Public School
Members of the Caledon Detachment are in the preparation stages for Shop with a Cop! 2014.