FULTON - The Fulton Walmart readied its store Friday night in preparation for the seventh annual Shop with a Cop event Saturday morning. Forty kids will each receive $100 Walmart gift cards and also stockings from Dollar General.
The children are chosen to participate in the event through the Fulton Housing Authority, church groups and also SERVE Inc. This year marks an unprecedented year for Shop with a Cop, as 40 is the highest number of kids that have ever taken part in the event.
Sergeant Joe Schramm with the Fulton Police Department is in charge of the event. He said most children actually buy food and necessities for their families instead of toys and gifts for themselves.
Walmart store manager Bob Mays said it has been making sure the shelves are stocked and the freezers are full for the morning crowd.
"It's a really great thing that we do in this community here in Fulton, just to help out the community as much as we can. We're extremely proud to be a part of this whole organization," Mays said.
The Fulton Fire Department will also be a part of the county-wide event along with other groups, including the Holt Summit Police Department and the New Bloomfield Police Department.
Shop with a Cop will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday morning at the new Fulton Police headquarters and will then head to Walmart where Santa will be awaiting the children.