BY KEN LITTLE
Fundraising for the 2013 Shop With A Cop event begins Saturday at Walmart in Greeneville, organizer Stewart Kilgore said.
Uniformed officers from area law enforcement agencies will be outside Walmart entrances from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday seeking donations for the program, which benefits local disadvantaged children.
The Shop With a Cop event is held on the first Saturday of December at Walmart. This year, the date is Dec. 7.
The annual "Shop With a Cop" event pairs law enforcement officers serving in Greene County with disadvantaged children and their families for an all-expense-paid holiday shopping trip to Walmart.
Each child participating in Shop With a Cop was able to select $50 worth of goods in 2012. More than 400 children participated.
The need for the public's help to make Shop With a Cop a success is greater than ever this year, said Kilgore, a retired Greeneville police detective.
Most Shop With a Cop participants are referred by their schools. Some are referred by church groups and other organizations. Many parents also contacted Kilgore in 2012, an indication of the difficult local economy.
Persons who would like to contribute to "Shop With A Cop" can contact Kilgore at 972-2613, or drop off a check or money order made payable to "Shop With A Cop" at the Greeneville Police Department