Fifty local children, selected by local school administrators and Titusville Police School Resources Officers, participated in the annual Shop with a Cop event which occurred over a two-week timeframe just before Christmas.
In a partnership between Titusville Police and the Titusville Police Youth Foundation, kids were given $100 to shop at Wal-Mart or Target in Titusville.
Children were paired up with an officer or department volunteer, donating their time to lead children on an individual Holiday Shopping Spree in small groups and adhering to CDC guidelines. Children were also given the option to select gifts online and pick them from the retail store.
"The outpouring of support we received during this very challenging year from the business community and local citizens was exceptional," said Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson.
Funds for the Holiday Shopping Spree were provided by the Titusville Police Youth Foundation, Wal-Mart, Target, Tiffany Scarboro with First International Title, Noble & Company Real Estate Professionals, and monies donated by members of the Titusville community and additional businesses.