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PHOTOS: Local Kids Shop With a Cop at Bonney Lake Target

Bonney Lake's 2012 Shop With a Cop program made the holiday season a little brighter for 20 local kids, who got to pick out gifts for themselves and family at Target.

Early this morning, Bonney Lake's Target parking lot was filled with flashing police lights--it was time to shop!

Twenty students from Mountain View Middle, Emerald Hills Elementary and Bonney Lake Elementary arrived at Target via police escort at 8 a.m. to take part in the annual Shop With a Cop program, which helps local kids in need have a better holiday with brand new gifts from Target.

There was some worry there wouldn't be enough funds this year, after Target cancelled the fundraising event for the program inside the store. However, the community pulled through and filled in the gaps and no child who was invited to participate was turned away.

@BLPoliceDept posted this note about today's event on Twitter:

None of this would be possible without the help of our community and its citizens. Also a big thank you to #target for your cont. support!

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Lauren Padgett (Editor) December 09, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I got this note from BLPD Officer Todd Green, who helped organize the event: "One thing that really stood out was how excited all of the children were when we initially met at the police department. In years past it seemed the children were very nervous or shy but this years group was super excited to be part of shop with a cop. Obviously, one of the most amazing things that stood out this year was the overwhelming amount of support we received from Target and our community after our fundrasing event took a slight detour. Everyone really stepped up to make sure every child signed up this year was taken care of. All of the children involved today purchased presents for their families and some chose to spend their entire budget on just gifts and nothing for themselves. We made sure that each child picked something out that they wanted for Christmas though before they left the store." Great work, community, volunteers and BLPD!

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