Each year local organizations, churches, and individuals donate money to the Macon County Sheriff's Department's Shop with a Cop program. The amount of money raised by community members throughout the year determines the number of children who get to participate in the program. Because of generous donations, this year nearly 200 children were given $100 each and were able to shop for Christmas presents for themselves, as well their family members.
According to Sheriff Holland, 180 children and more than 100 officers from various agencies ranging from the MCSO, Franklin Police Department, Highlands Police Department, N.C. State Highway Patrol, State Bureau of Investigation, EMS, firefighters, and others filled the Walmart of Franklin on Wednesday in hopes of brightening the holidays for boys and girls in the community.
"Thank you to my officers and all those from other agencies that took the time to attend and share their time with children who were anxiously awaiting your arrival," said Sheriff Holland. "Cops, firemen, paramedics, teachers, wives, husbands, grandparents, dispatchers, detention officers, probation officers and, as always, some even brought their kids as they traditionally do to participate as a family to take a child to shop for Christmas. These public servants are just a few involved today. A special thank you to the families that shared their children with us and a huge thank you to our community who provided a majority of the funds to make it all possible."
Not only were the children able to shop for themselves and family members, they were also treated to a Christmas wrapping party at the community building where members of the 210th military police, Gem Country Republican Women's Club, Enforcers Motorcycle Club and Read2Me were waiting to help them wrap gifts, pass out free books, and give out coats to the children.
Photos by Vickie Carpenter