Pasadena Rotary and Police Join Forces for Kids to ‘Shop With a Cop’

Interim Chief John Perez mans the Target shopping cart as he helps one of the students select some back to school – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

Twenty local kids shop with Pasadena cops for school supplies

On Aug. 24 twenty middle school students were paired-up with a Pasadena Police officer, detective or the interim chief and shopped for school essentials at the Target located at 3121 E. Colorado Blvd.

The twenty youth each received a $100 Target gift card paid for by Pasadena Rotary. This event will be Pasadena Rotary’s forth year partnering with the Pasadena Police Department fund to bring forth “Shop With a Cop.”

Pasadena PD Sergeant Thompson greets each and every student with a high five as they arrive to shop with a cop for some school essentials. – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

The Pasadena Boys and Girls Club selects deserving students who often lack the resources to purchase essentials for a successful school year. While shopping with an officer, kids often purchase common items which most people don’t even realize are a need, such as tennis shoes for PE, school supplies, clothing, and personal hygiene items. The Rotary Club is committed to fulfilling students’ needs, two dozen at a time, in a fun and engaging activity.

In addition to Pasadena Rotary’s contributions, each year the Target Corporation provides “Shop With a Cop” recipients with student goodie bags. They also dedicate Target staff to greet the kids and officers at the doors, provide extra personalized service while shopping, and dedicate event checkout lines for the students to purchase their selected items. The kids truly feel like VIPs and enjoy the opportunity to bond with an officer, many of whom participate year-after-year.

If you are interested in financially supporting Pasadena Rotary’s “Shop With a Cop” program, please contact Program Chair JP Harris at (626) 664-3116.

August 30, 2018

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2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Pasadena Rotary and Police Join Forces for Kids to ‘Shop With a Cop’”

  1. Victoria says:

    The date was August 16 not 24 and that was not the police chief

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