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At-risk youth to ‘Shop with a Cop’

The Hawaii Police Department announces its second annual “Shop with a Cop” charity event will take place Saturday at Hilo Target.

The collaborative community event helps bring joy to at-risk teens and young children during the holidays in a unique way that bridges important relationships and transforms possible fears into friendships.

Officers from the South Hilo Community Policing Unit and off-duty police officers, along with representatives from Catholic Charities, the Pahoa chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Hilo Target are contributing to the holiday splurge for the youth, who range in age from toddlers to teenagers.

The keiki and teen shoppers are pre-selected from community programs for children in need.

The 30 pre-selected children will meet with the officers and then take pictures with Santa, who will give them each a $100 gift card. Each child then is paired with an officer who will escort them around the store and help them shop for gifts.

A gift-wrapping service also will be provided by Target, as well as a party buffet and a Christmas goodie bag for the keiki to take home.

The annual event is organized by Catholic Charities Hawaii in partnership with the Hawaii Police Department, Hilo Target and a growing team of Hawaii Island donors.

 

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