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Boys and Girls Club kids enjoy annual Shop with a Cop event with Cypress PD

The Cypress Police Department partnered with Target to give kids from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress a night to remember on Thursday, December 19, 2019 as part of the annual Shop with a Cop event.

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Officer Milam from the Cypress Police Department has a good time helping kids from the Boys & Girls Club during Shop with a Cop. Photo by Katie Wiedel.

Shop with a Cop, started in 2000 and now with over 200 communities participating nationwide, fosters a positive relationship between the children and members of law enforcement by teaming them up to buy Christmas presents and enjoy an evening of fun, hosted here by the Target on Katella Ave. in Cypress. The kids are selected from the members of the Boys & Girls Club for their good citizenship and behavior.

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Cypress Police Officer Brook Marshall and Police Service Dog Kubo look ready to shop. Photo by Katie Wiedel.

The night started with the arrival of a cavalcade of police cruisers at the Boys & Girls Club, and the lucky kids were treated to a ride in style to Target, arriving at the location with the emergency lights on. Members of Target’s staff welcomed their honored guests with cheers and applause before the kids split up with festively decorated carts set aside for them.

Each kid was given a gift card worth $100 to spend as they wished on gifts, with the Cypress Police Officers to help them find the perfect choices. There was a bit of an unofficial competition to see who could spend the closest to exactly $100 – the winner astounded everyone with a total of exactly $99.99!

The fun didn’t end at the checkout line, though: Target doubled down on the fun with food, cookie decorating, and more afterwards.

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Officer Philip Milam adds a bit of holiday levity to a photo op with one of the kids from the Boys & Girls Club. Photo by Katie Wiedel.

Shop with a Cop isn’t merely a fun night for the kids; the police officers clearly enjoyed bonding with them and helping them shop. Even Police Service Dog Kubo had a good time hanging out with the kids.

A great deal of praise also goes to the Target team that went above and beyond to make sure the evening went smoothly and that the kids from the Boys & Girls Club had a wonderful time, both during their shopping and at their party afterwards.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress is to inspire and empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as caring, responsible, productive citizens. To learn more about how to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress, visit their website at bgccypress.org or email [email protected].

Cypress Police Department is committed to providing professional public safety services in partnership with the community. To learn more about the services provided by Cypress Police Department, visit their website at cypresspd.org. You can support the Department through donations to the Cypress Police Foundation.

Featured Photo: Kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress decorate cookies after purchasing gifts at Shop with a Cop. Photo by Katie Wiedel.

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Cypress Police and Target staff members gave kids from the Boys and Girls Club a night to remember at the 2019 Shop with a Cop event. Photo by Katie Wiedel.