|Conyers program to assist needy kids|
|Written by OCG News Staff|
The Conyers Police Department is partnering with the Conyers Wal-Mart to help make this Christmas brighter for local children.
The Conyers Police Department (CPD) is participating in the 6th Annual Shop with a Cop in which law enforcement personnel accompany children from families experiencing financial hardships to the Conyers Wal-Mart to shop for Christmas gifts.
Children participating in the program are nominated by police department members, city of Conyers employees, school system employees, and social agencies. The criteria for a child to participate is that they should be a resident of Rockdale County and be in kindergarten through fifth grade, have a social or economic need, have not participated in the Shop with a Cop program in the past and are not currently receiving support for Christmas through another charitable program.
“The Conyers Wal-Mart store is an excellent partner to assist the Conyers Police in spearheading this effort. Officers interact with children who may not have had a positive encounter with law enforcement up until now. The partnership between the CPD and Wal-Mart makes sure that the children are afforded a more positive holiday experience,” said Chief Gene Wilson.
Last year’s Shop with a Cop program allowed 120 children to shop. Since the program began, more than 400 children have participated Shop with a Cop. Shop with a Cop will take place at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Conyers Wal-Mart.
Cash and check donations (made payable to City of Conyers or Shop with a Cop) and Wal-Mart gift cards are being accepted at the Conyers Police Department located at 1194 Scott Street. Receipts will be issued upon request.