CopShop Event Benefits Children Partnership between Shopping Centres and Police brings cheer to deserving kids.
Halifax, Nova Scotia- Police Officers are getting set to help make the holidays a little brighter for some local children. Members of Halifax Regional Police are arming themselves with wish lists and taking 50 specially chosen children shopping as part of this year’s CopShop initiative. On December 12, 2012, officers will play the role of personal shopper to local children who were selected to participate in this holiday event.
Halifax Shopping Centre and Halifax Regional Police have once again joined forces to provide deserving children with a $200 gift card donated by Halifax Shopping Centre. The CopShop event will kick off on December 12 at 11a.m. when Halifax Regional Police officers and children meet in the food court to be matched up for their shopping excursion. Each child will then shop with officers as they use their gift cards to purchase winter clothing, toys and Christmas gifts.
“Our officers look forward to CopShop every year” says Chief Jean-Michel Blais. “It is a great opportunity for our officers to spend time with the kids and give back to the communities we work in every day. I look forward to being there myself. ”The children chosen for CopShop were recommended by a variety of sources and were selected because of need, recognition of specific academic or sports achievement or because of volunteer efforts that are making a difference in the community.
“The partnership between Halifax Regional Police and Halifax Shopping Centre is one that we work on throughout the year and are very proud of,” said Stephanie Guilfoyle, Marketing Director of Halifax Shopping Centre. . “Every year we look forward to surprising the kids and seeing how happy they are to be spending time with the police officers and getting gifts for their families. This is a very rewarding initiative.”
The program was started at Halifax Shopping Centre in 2005. It was later adopted across the Country when seven other 20 VIC Management centers in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Nova Scotia came onboard.