It's the season of giving and the Egg Harbor Township Police Athletic League teamed up with Wal-Mart to give back to some local youngsters with their 2nd annual "Shop with a Cop" event.
Typically, spending time with a police officer might not be how you want to spend your weekend, but on Saturday local children and their families spent their morning shopping with law enforcement as part of the Egg Harbor Township Police Athletic League's 2nd annual "Shop with a Cop" event.
"It's outstanding it really gives back to the community to the kids it really shows the community what PALS all about," said parent Dave Sonnie.
"It's cool because a lot of the kids who might be able to afford stuff can come and shop," said shopper Madison Tarsitano.
"Shop with a Cop" is designed as a way for local police officers to give back by assisting underprivileged children with their holiday shopping free of charge.
And with the help of generous donors and pals' partnership with Wal–Mart, the event's popularity continues to grow amongst children in the area.
"To see their smiles is just great we do this each year and it gets bigger every year," said Wal-Mart store manager Mike Carney.
One hundred and thirteen kids took part in the this year's event — more than twice the amount last year, and as they walked the aisles crossing items off their lists they remembered the spirit of the season.
"It's very heartwarming, very humbling to see these children saying I have $100 I can spend but I'm not spending it on myself I'll spend it on my parents, my brother, my sister," expressed Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles.
"It's been such a huge, huge success to see the kids come in here to do their shopping. To be able to buy their brothers, sisters, and parents some gifts. They're thinking with their hearts, which is really, really good," Carney said.