50 Boys and Girls get a chance to Shop with a Cop

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shop-with-copMore than 50 children from the Boys and Girls Club Long Beach arrived at Wal-Mart in Downtown Long Beach Nov. 14 with smiles as Long Beach Police Officers helped them shop for free school clothes and supplies at the Long Beach Junior Chamber’s 15th annual “Shop with a Cop” event.

“Shop with a Cop was a fun and successful day of shopping while helping children of Long Beach children receive vital supplies to help them have a better future,” says Paige Fingerhut, president, Long Beach Junior Chamber. “Thanks to the support from our philanthropic donors, police officers and volunteers, we were able to truly make a difference for our community.”

Mayor Bob Foster and Long Beach Police Commander, Jorge Cisneros, greeted the enthusiastic crowd of children, Long Beach police officers and volunteers as kids prepared themselves for the shopping adventure. Each youth was paired up with a police officer to purchase needed supplies. After the shopping experience, Hometown Buffet opened its doors to treat the children to breakfast. The kids also enjoyed arts and crafts as they made special thank you notes to the officers, Wal-Mart and Hometown Buffet.

The Long Beach Junior Chamber, in conjunction with the Long Beach Police Foundation, helped raise funds to support this philanthropic event to allow underprivileged children from the Long Beach area have a positive experience while receiving needed school supplies and school clothes. To date, this event has helped more than 1,000 children and continues to make Long Beach a better place to live.

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