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Kids in Need Shop With Murrieta Cops

Eleven Murrieta schoolchildren were invited to shop with Murrieta cops Saturday.

For 11 local children, the holidays are off to an extra special start.

The Murrieta Police Officers Association hosted its second annual "Shop With a Cop" Saturday morning thanks to the help of some local sponsors.

The day kicked off when the Murrieta schoolchildren and their families were greeted at the Murrieta Police Department by off-duty officers.

Lights and sirens were switched on as a convoy of patrol cars carried the children to nearby Chick-fil-A on Madison Avenue for a complimentary breakfast. There, the children were greeted by Jenny Jones, owner operator of the Murrieta Chick-fil-A.

Then it was off to Walmart to shop, where store manager Shaura Olson was anxiously awaiting their arrival with personalized, decorated shopping carts

Once children made their selections at Walmart, it was back to the police station.

Then a phone call came in from the North Pole. Murrieta police Chief Mike Baray took the call from the briefing room, and announced Santa Claus was expected to arrive at any minute.

The kids were surprised with more gifts.

Officer Aaron Harwick, who serves as vice president of the Murrieta Police Officers Association, expressed gratitude to community sponsors who helped make this year's event possible.

"It is a program that exists at police departments around the country and I think we are fortunate to have it in Murrieta now. It is a program run and managed by the Murrieta Police Officers Association with the blessing of Chief Baray. All personnel are off duty and on their own time," said Harwick, who first brought Shop With a Cop to Murrieta last year.

"We are fortunate to have businesses in the community that are willing to support this program. Walmart and Chick-fil-A have again stepped up to assist us and this year. We are also excited to include Target amongst our sponsors and supporters."

Anne December 15, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Thanks you to the businesses that sponsor this awesome event, to Chick-Fil-A, Walmart and to the police officers for taking the time to do this!
Missy December 15, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I love this story! Great job, Murrieta Police Dept. and all the sponsors and supports. Definitely needed a story like this today.
Sam December 16, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Thank you for restoring this mans faith in humanity this weekend.
Carole Conrad December 16, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Murrieta PD is a caring police department. Thank you for the officers that took the time to put this together and to the sponsors and supporters of this great event.
SA December 17, 2012 at 06:04 PM
You are a shmuck … The children know no different and it is great for them to interact with the police as the children will respect authority and stay out of trouble (we hope).
Erin December 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Thank you Murrieta police department. I love hearing these kinds of things. Merry Christmas to all :]

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