Emerson Police seek donations for 'Shop With a Cop'
by Shaka S. Lias
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A family picks out clothing at Kohl's last year with the assistance of an Emerson Police officer during the inaugural ‘Shop With a Cop’ program.
SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File
A family picks out clothing at Kohl's last year with the assistance of an Emerson Police officer during the inaugural ‘Shop With a Cop’ program. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File
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Last year more than 40 area children had a better Christmas thanks to Emerson Police with their inaugural 'Shop With a Cop' program. Gearing up for their second year, Chief Stan Bradley said he is hoping to impact more kids this year with the program. "My goal this year is to help at least 50 children," Bradley said.

He said that would take at least $10,000 in funds raised to help the kids.

Last year they raised $6,800. Bradley said all proceeds go towards the program.

Money is raised in Emerson and throughout Bartow County to help the local elementary aged students.

Bradley said teachers and counselors at schools recommend children for the program.

"We find out how many kids we can help and tell the schools," Bradley said.

Bradley said once they receive the list from the school they send out an invite to students and parents.

This year's 'Shop With a Cop' is scheduled for Dec. 18. Bradley said they will start the day with a catered breakfast with the children and their parents at City Hall that morning. Then cops and kids will load up on a bus with a police escort and come to Kohl's in Cartersville.

Bradley said each child will be partnered with a cop and given a limit of $150 to spend, of that at least a hundred must be spent on clothes and shoes for the child. The remainder $50 they are allowed to buy whatever they like.

"They usually spend it on toys or something for their parents or sibling," Bradley said.

In addition to Emerson Police participating, officers from Bartow County Sheriff Department also will participate.

"We usually commit a deputy or two from each division of the sheriff's office to participate with Emerson's program," said Sergeant Jonathan Rogers. Other agencies in the county will also send officers to participate.

This is the second year for this program. It started after members of the Emerson Police Department volunteered their time with the Cobb County 'Shop With a Hero' program in previous years. Emerson Police decided to localize their efforts and raise money for the children of Emerson.

Bradley said they are still accepting monetary donations. You can donate by sending a check made out to City of Emerson, with 'Shop With a Cop' in the memo line. The address is 700 Highway 293, Emerson, GA 30137, or by calling 770-386-7339.