BPD in the Community: 10th Annual Shop with a Cop Event Held at Target in South Bay

BPD in the Community: On Monday December 10, 2018, members of the Boston Police Department enjoyed participating in the 10th Annual “Shop with a Cop: Heroes & Helpers Holiday Celebration” held at the South Bay Target Store in Dorchester. Officers from districts across the city along with volunteers from several outside police and first-responder agencies paired up with over three hundred deserving children from every neighborhood in Boston to pick out a special holiday gift. The event was hosted by Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Gross and generously funded by the Boston Police Activities/Athletics League (PAL), Target and several other charitable organizations. Our officers enjoyed sharing their time while bringing a little holiday magic to these grateful children and their families during this season of giving.

 

In Case You Missed It: 9th Annual Shop with a Cop Heroes and Helpers Event a Huge Success!

Earlier this week on Monday, December 18, 2017, hundreds of Boston police officers, EMTs, and other first responders were paired with 300 children to shop at the South Bay Target for the 9th Annual Shop with a Cop: Heroes and Helpers event, treating them to a fun holiday experience they'll never forget!

True Meaning of Christmas on Full Display at this Year’s Shop with a Cop

True Meaning of Christmas on Full Display at this Year’s Shop with a Cop: For the 8th year in a row, officers from all over the city made their way to the Target in Dorchester to participate in Shop with a Cop. As in year’s past, cops and kids from neighborhoods all over Boston were paired up for an evening filled with friendship, fun, and Christmas shopping. The kids don’t spend a dime, everything is paid for, and it’s an event our officers wouldn’t miss for the world. In fact, ask any one of our officers and they’ll tell you that Shop with a Cop is hands down one of the best community events of the year. When asked to describe what makes the event so special, our officers immediately pointed to the goodness of the kids and their willingness to think of others. It’s no secret that many of the kids participating in Shop with a Cop come from households where funds are tight and Christmas lists curbed. But when given the chance to shop for themselves, the majority of the kids attending this year’s Shop with a Cop, as witnessed by our officers, chose - instead - to shop for others. Time and time again, kids were asked the question every young kid yearns to hear: “What do you want for Christmas?” And, time and time again, kids asked if it would be okay to use the gift card to shop for others. Time and time again, kids thought of little sisters, brothers, mothers, and fathers. One kid wanted to use his gift card to buy groceries for his family. Another wanted to buy clothes for a little sister. Another wanted to buy perfume for his mother. Another wanted to buy a sweater and a pair of socks for a brother. And, time and time again, our officers reassuringly went along with the plan and then quickly reached into their own pockets and said to one incredibly thoughtful child after another, “Okay, now let’s get something for you.” The spirit of Christmas was most assuredly on display at the Target Store in Dorchester this past Monday night. And our officers would be the first to acknowledge that they most certainly received as much, if not more, than they gave.

Officers and EMTs Bring Smiles to Children's Faces at 8th Annual "Shop with a Cop" Event

Last night, Monday, December 19, 2016, Boston police officers collaborated with several other area police and first responder agencies to bring Boston neighborhood children PAL’s 8th Annual Heroes and Helpers “Shop with a Cop” event. Over 300 children were paired with one of Santa’s helpers (an officer or EMT) and were able to pick out a special present thanks to funds donated by the Mayor, Target, PAL, the Kaitlyn Keaney Foundation and the Boston Police Department and Transit Police collective bargaining organizations. Some officers even went above and beyond, taking hundreds of dollars from their own pockets to give the kids a Christmas experience they’ll never forget! 

Season of Giving: 7th Annual Shop with a Cop Leaves Everybody Feeling Merry!!!

Season of Giving: 7th Annual Shop with a Cop Leaves Everybody Feeling Merry!!! Last night (December 14, 2015) at the Target store in Dorchester, there was a Santa sighting. Only, instead of the traditional red, there were over a hundred Santa’s helpers decked out in blue. In fact, for the last seven years, hundreds of BPD officers have participated in Target’s 'Shop with a Cop' event and, last night hundreds more – including MBTA Transit Police, UMass Police, Boston EMS and Mayor Marty Walsh - made their way to the Target store in Dorchester to spread some holiday cheer and go shopping with well over 300 kids from the community. Said one officer: “It’s an awesome night. We get a chance to play Santa Claus and really make a difference. The kids are great and there’s no better feeling than seeing a kid with a present in his hands and a smile on his face around the holidays.”