Thanks to the generosity from the community, the Dawson County Sheriffs Office is able to make Christmas just a bit brighter for some local children.
More than 80 children participated in the sheriffs annual Shop with a Cop program last week.
Last year, we had about 70 kids and that was our largest year. Every year its growing, Dawson County Public Information Officer Tony Wooten said.
Each year, children selected by teachers and principals meet at Walmart and are partnered with a police officer to go shopping. Each child gets a $100 gift card for shopping.
When Walmart opened in Dawson County in 2008, Wooten said he had a desire to begin the program. He had seen the benefits the program brought to nearby communities. The first year began with just 20 children and has continued to grow.
A lot of that growth is thanks to the community involvement. Sponsors include Walmart, the school system, John Lundy and Chestatee Golf Club.
Wooten said he is grateful for the help. Even tonight, having teachers...volunteering their time to come out and help.
Walmart manager Tom Horton said he is honored to work with the Shop with a Cop program. I am proud to work for a company that can assist others during the Christmas holidays, Horton said. I enjoy working with the local law enforcement to serve others that may need a little help to make a brighter day. I am humbled to have conversations with kids about their ideas of Christmas and to see them be excited about their purchases not only for themselves but some make purchases for others.