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December 10, 2018

Shop With a Cop makes season bright for 55 kids

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Staff Journalist
With joy and excitement in their eyes, 55 children early Saturday morning set out on a shopping spree with police officers at the Walmart in Warrenton.

In its 21st year, Fauquier County’s annual Shop With a Cop event pairs children 5 to 12 years old from challenging situations with law enforcement officers for about two hours.

With police escorts, children perused toy aisles and electronics, selecting up to $200 worth of Christmas gifts apiece for themselves and family members.

Forty-eight Fauquier sheriff’s deputies, state troopers, Warrenton police, school security officers and federal law enforcement officers helped children stay within their budgets, pushed carts and spread holiday cheer.

Michele Arft, a sheriff’s domestic violence resource specialist has helped coordinate Shop With a Cop for 20 years.

“I do it because you see how happy it makes kids,” Ms. Arft said.

Law enforcement explorers and National Honor Society members from Fauquier High School helped bag items at checkout.

After the shopping spree, children visited Santa and enjoyed donuts and Chick-fil-A for breakfast at the Warrenton Community Center.

The officers also will take teenagers on similar shopping sprees next week followed by a pizza party.

“Generous donations from the community,” make the event possible, Ms. Arft said.

Fauquier County Cops for Children conducts a spaghetti dinner fund-raiser each September and accepts donations year round to support its programs.

Donations may be mailed to FCFC at P.O. Box 3399, Warrenton, Va. 20188.
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J.R. Jeffrey · December 10, 2018 at 4:29 pm
God bless. Every child deserves a happy Christmas. Even the ones on the naughty list.
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