Lambton Mall and the Sarnia Police Service joined forces again for the 5th annual Cop Shop event that kicked off Wednesday morning in Sarnia.
Armed with Christmas wish lists, volunteer officers paired up with 22 specially chosen children, during which each child received a $200 gift card donated by Lambton Mall. The officers picked up each child by limousine at their school and brought them to the mall where the well deserving kids shopped with the officers and used their gift cards to purchase winter clothing, toys and Christmas gifts. The children were also treated to lunch, a magic show, face painting and a surprise visit from Santa.
The students chosen for Cop Shop were recommended by their school and were chosen based on a number considerations including recognition of specific academic or sports achievement, need or because of volunteer efforts that make a difference in our community. Considerations also included students who displayed leadership, role-modeling or anti-bullying behaviour.
This year, over 300 children across Canada benefited from this year’s event put on by 11 Cushman & Wakefield shopping centres across Canada.
“The Sarnia Police Service would like to thank Lambton Mall and all sponsors for this partnership in lending a helping hand to local children,” said Constable Nelson Amaral of the Community Services Branch in a media release. “We always look forward to this very rewarding Christmas VIP event for these special kids.”