D.C.'s Shop with a Cop helps 100 kids in need

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - To say that the District of Columbia's new Walmart on Georgia Avenue Northwest was crawling with cops Thursday would be correct.

It was crawling with children too, and together, the mission was all for a good cause.

Thursday's Shop with a Cop event provided the chance for more than 100 kids in need to partner up with MPD officers and their phone calculators to buy $100 worth of clothing, toys and, basically, whatever the kids wanted for Christmas.

"I like it because it's all my favorite toys," participant Tamia Douglas said. "I just feel like I can take everything I want here."

The event was possible thanks to the Police Foundation and Walmart, which donated $10,000 to have a shopping spree for the kids.

Given some of the negative stories associated with D.C.'s police department recently, some of the officers privately said that they're glad to be associated with the event. That's something Police Chief Cathy Lanier could agree with.

"(There's) not a lot of good news in our day," Lanier said. "This is good news."

The kids came in all sizes, including some teenagers who recall other police encounters that aren't as positive.

"Other times, they try to stop people," participant Louis Aponte said. "(It's) not always this pleasant."

In previous years, the cops ran this event at a Target store, but when Walmart wanted in, the department welcomed D.C.'s newest large retailer with open arms.

They'll all be back at Target next week with another group of needy kids.