Griffin Police Department’s annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ event leaves shopper teary-eyed

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A Walmart shopper’s curiosity last week quickly turned to joy when she realized why the store was so crowded on a Thursday night.

Kay Goodman Brumbelow became puzzled when she pulled up to the store and noticed nearly two dozen police cruisers outside Thursday night.

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“I was curious why so many were there, and expected to see something crazy going on — I mean it IS Walmart,” she wrote in a Dec. 13 Facebook post.

But when she walked inside, she learned nothing off the wall was happening. Instead, it was something delightful.

“Ya’ll, what I saw brought tears to my eyes! The store was full of City of Griffin Police Department officers walking around with children Christmas shopping! Each child had been given a $150 gift card to spend on whatever they wanted. Everywhere you turned, you saw children and cops shopping together and having THE best time. The children were SO excited!”

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The third annual event saw 26 children come to Walmart to grab some trinkets and toys from shelves. Bikes, shoes, dolls and lightsabers were among the items picked up and loaded into carts for children. Walmart, Palmetto Family Dental, some individual donors and anonymous givers were among those who made the event possible.