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)