K-Mart in Albany may well have been the safest place in Albany this past Saturday morning, that is unless your name is Ebenezer Scrooge or the Grinch. That’s because members of the Albany Police Department, along with an officer from the Georgia State Patrol, teamed up to provide a good Christmas for disadvantaged kids in the Albany area.
The program, which has been doing on for many years, is courtesy of the Fraternal Order of Police. The FOP solicits donations to provide K-Mart gift cards for the event.
People and organizations in the community suggest needy children to the FOP, who then place the kids on a waiting list until funds are available.
It’s at that point when the kids, and local law enforcement, descend upon K-Mart with joy in their hearts and a gift card in hand to help the kids enjoy a Christmas they might otherwise have missed out on.
The children were escorted by police officers who seemed to easily fit into the role of big brother while on the shopping spree, offering advice where desired and assistance in reaching coveted toys when needed.
A similar event was held by the Dougherty County Sheriff’s office on Tuesday afternoon.
Gang Task Force Officer Garnett Lincey assists in picking out a DVD as part of the “Shop with a cop” event.
Georgia State Patrol Corporal Scott McClure joins his APD colleages in the festivities. The Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office held their Shop with a Cop event Tuesday afternoon