The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Police Department (FAMUPD) is working overtime to ensure area children have a joyous holiday season.
This year, FAMUPD officers will host the second annual “Shop with a Cop” event.
“Shop with a Cop” is not only designed to positively impact the community during the holiday season, but it is also focused on building positive relationships between children and law enforcement.
This is the second year the FAMUPD will take children and their guardians out for a day of shopping for toys, clothes, and other needed items.
The initiative is headed by Officer Jessie Small, whose compassion for helping area youth inspired him to bring the national movement to FAMU’s campus. Families will be selected for participation with the help of Leon County Schools principals who will identify children in need to participate in the shopping trip.
This year’s event will be held on Dec. 21 at Wal-Mart on Apalachee Parkway starting at 9 a.m.
“There are children who know Christmas only in name alone,” Small said. “These children don’t have the opportunity to experience the special moment of receiving a gift during the holidays because often their parents don’t have the means to set aside money for gifts — they are struggling to make ends meet. This is why this event is so important. It not only brings joy to our children, but it also provides relief for those parents who work so hard each year to provide for their families.”
Small applauded Assistant Vice President for Campus Safety and Chief of Police Terence M. Calloway for his leadership in helping to make “Shop with a Cop” a new FAMU tradition.
“The FAMUPD is not only committed to serving the campus community in any way we can, but we also want to ensure that the families that live in our vicinity are also served,” Calloway said. “After all, they are raising up future Rattlers, and they need our support from start to finish.”
The FAMUPD is asking citizens and local community organizations to assist in the effort by providing donations via money order, cash, or Wal-Mart gift cards. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 18, at the Department of Campus Safety & Security, located at 2400 Wahnish Way, Bldg. A, Ste. 128. Receipts and letters of participation will be provided to each donor.
For more information, contact Officer Small at 850-561-2096.