WORCESTER CO., Md. - With less than two weeks before Christmas, people are packing into stores, looking for those last minute gifts, but for nearly a dozen children in Worcester County, Christmas came a little early Saturday, as they spent the morning at the Walmart in Berlin, as part of a new program called Shop with a Cop.
For the first time, eleven kids from across Worcester County were paired with a Maryland State Police Trooper from the Berlin Barrack to "Shop With A Cop".
"It is a chance to not only show the kids here, but their families and the public here at Walmart that, 'hey, we are here to help'," says Sr. Trooper Marlin Meyers, with the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack
Each kid was given one hundred dollars to spend on whatever they wanted, for whoever they wanted.
"A lot of the kids, they don't spend all the money on themselves," says Senior Trooper Meyers.
Eight-year-old Kareem made a shopping list, marking everything from soap and bracelets for his sisters, to bottled water. He says "that's for my fish."
And meet nine-year-old Isaiah from Pocomoke. With a mouthful of chocolate, the boy showed WMDT what he bought. Isaiah says today was a good day. Not necessarily because of what was in his basket, but "because I get to hang out with this guy." He's referring to the trooper standing beside him.
"Yeah, that definitely touches, touches inside definitely," says his trooper.
Maybe the best moment of all: finding out he could keep his Junior Trooper badge, making it a very Merry Christmas for these kids in Worcester County.
There are other Shop With A Cop programs in other regions, but this year was a first for the Maryland State Police barrack in Worcester County.
Senior Trooper Meyers says he hopes it will become an annual event, bringing smiles to three times as many kids next year.
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