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The Baltimore Sun


Westminster Shop With a Cop [Pictures]

The Westminster Police Department hosted its ninth annual Shop With A Cop program on Dec. 9, at the Westminster Walmart. Children from families in need were teamed with a police officer to pick out gifts for other family members, each with a $150 gift card donated from the Walmart Foundation. After shopping was completed, everyone went to the Westminster Senior Center to wrap presents, and the Police Department hosted a holiday party, complete with a visit from Santa. Westminster Police Chief Jeff Spaulding said the day is a celebration for his staff as well as for the children. "This is our holiday," he said. "It's not when you wake up on Christmas morning; it's seeing the faces on these kids." More than 90 local businesses made donations in support of the program, and 283 ┬┐angel tree┬┐ gifts were purchased by citizens to be distributed to the children and their families. Staff photos by Jim Joyner