Woodburn Police and Woodburn Fire are teaming up with local school districts and other entities to continue the program.
Public safety teams have preserved the traditional Shop With a Cop event this year by handing out vouchers to distribute to families in need.
As of 2019, eight different agencies had public safety personnel on hand to physically shop with the kids, but pandemic precautions changed all that last year. This year also followed the 2020 model.
The Woodburn Fire District reported that on Tuesday, December 14, the district joined with the Woodburn Police Department in presenting school district officials with 100 $ 50 Walmart gift cards to distribute to families in Woodburn this Christmas. .
Woodburn Walmart once again partnered with the cause by donating $ 2,125 to each group. Police and firefighters added to the donations, bringing the total to $ 5,000 and distributing the donations to other families.
WFD officials noted that police and firefighters are participating in the program across the country. It originally started out as “Shop With a Cop,” but over time the annual event has grown to include fire departments.
The traditional cadre is one of the local school students paired up with police and firefighters to buy gifts for their family members. With many COVID-19 precautions still in place, gift cards have been presented again this year instead of the in-person purchases that would be a tradition in Woodburn for over 10 years.
Although the program has adapted to the pandemic, the goal and purpose has remained the same: to provide a memorable experience and Christmas gifts for children who otherwise might not have Christmas gifts, and to provide a positive experience with them. police and firefighters as they often only see them under stressful and uncertain circumstances.
“We are happy to continue the tradition of making the Christmas season a little brighter for families across the region,” said WFD Command Chief Joe Budge. “Woodburn Firefighters look forward to resuming in-person shopping with the kids next year.”
WPD echoed this.
“The Woodburn Police Department is honored to once again participate in this excellent program and thanks Walmart for their continued support,” said Woodburn Police Chief Marty Pilcher. “As one of our favorite annual events, all of our staff look forward to shopping with the kids again in the future. ”
The Woodburn School District homeschool contacts are working to identify and assign families who may need extra support while on vacation.
“We are very grateful for these generous donations,” said WSD Superintendent Juan Larios. “It’s moving to see the joy and impact these gift cards bring to our students and families. ”
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