Lehigh's Police Department Sponsors "Shop With a Lehigh Cop" Program to Help South Side Working Families During Holidays
On December 10, 2016, the Lehigh University Police Officers treated several families to breakfast with Santa and holiday shopping at Wal-Mart, as well as a complimentary turkey dinner gift basket from Ahart's Market. Families were selected by South Side clergy and local schools based on need. Local merchants Wal-Mart and Ahart's Market, along with Windish Hall, Sodexho Dining Services, G & L Sign Factory and the Crayola Factory helped sponsor the Annual "Shop with a Lehigh Cop" program.
"Shop with a Lehigh Cop" is a program where children are afforded the chance to spend a special day with Lehigh police officers and make the holidays a little brighter. "The Shop with a Lehigh Cop program is a way for us to give back to the community," says Chief Edward Shupp, chief of the Lehigh University Police Department. "Service and good relations with the citizens of the South Side are important and this is a way that we can help build the relationships so that kids learn that police officers are allies, not enemies."
Above: The "Shop with a Cop" Event always starts out with a visit from Santa
Above: Someone is excited about going shopping with an officer
Above: "Shop With a Lehigh Cop 2016" Lehigh University Police Officers, volunteers, and children of the program shop for toys.
Above: Officers and their families help the children find things on their list
Above: Happy faces during the Shop with a Cop Event on December 10, 2016
Above: A great benefit from this event is all the smiling faces
Above: Officers and their selected families making gift selections
Above: In the end, shopping can be exhausting