Saturday: First responders in Lewis County host “Shop with a Cop”

Saturday: First responders in Lewis County host “Shop with a Cop”

TOWN OF LOWVILLE, N.Y. (WWNY) - First responders are there during times of need.

In Lewis County, those responders are continuing a tradition to spread holiday cheer.

The Lewis County sheriff’s department put on “Shop with a Cop” at the town of Lowville Walmart Saturday.

About two dozen kids had a budget of 150 dollars each to pick out as many items as they could with the help of emergency response crews.

So, what did they get during their shopping spree?

“It’s mostly Monopoly and Nerf guns,” said Mason Hatcher, a shopper.

“I got a Lego one that has Captain America in it,” said Aaron Garvin, a shopper.

Sergeant Eric Schmitt has been a part of “Shop with a Cop” for more than a decade.

He says the kids can barely contain their excitement every year.

“The kids love it. They’re bright-eyed. They have huge smiles on their faces,” said Sgt. Schmitt.

Walmart store manager Martin Lonkey says his favorite part is helping kids get the Christmas they wish for.

”Seeing the kids and the smiles on their face. And just listening to the stories, knowing that they’re going to have a great Christmas and the excitement about getting something that they may not have gotten otherwise,” said Lonkey.

Sergeant Schmitt says even though the mission is all about the smiles on kids faces, the responders get the same reaction.

"You know, you do a lot of negative stuff. It’s just nice to deal with some positive stuff. The volunteers that come in and help, their smiles are as big as the kids,” said Schmitt.

It’s Christmas come early for kids in Lewis County. And, it’s made possible with the help of the crews who keep their communities safe day in and day out.

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