OKEECHBOEE — On Saturday, Dec. 21, 15 families with a total of 37 children met at Walmart for their chance to shop with a cop. Last week there were 16 families and more than 40 children.
According to Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Lt. Michael Hazellief, they have shopped with over 1,000 children since they first began the program. Shop with a Cop is sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police, and all the law enforcement officers who participate are volunteering their time.
Public Information Officer Michele Bell even came out during her vacation. “I couldn’t miss this,” she said. Local businesses and citizens contribute by donating to the fundraisers held throughout the year. The biggest one is the Fourth of July celebration. Every child was given $100 with which to shop.