MIAMI GARDENS (CBS4)- South Florida families teamed up with the Miami Gardens Police Department to shop with a cop Saturday.

The MGPD partnered with the Kiwanis Club of Miami Gardens for the 4th annual “Shop with a COP,” which pairs local elementary age school children with Miami Gardens Police Officers and Kiwanis members to enjoy a holiday shopping experience.

One hundred twenty children from Miami Gardens Schools were teamed up with members to enjoy the holiday shopping experience at a local Walmart.

One father said he was thrilled his autistic son could participate.

“It gives them something to look forward to,” he said. “It makes them want to do better, you know. It encourages them so I’m always thankful for things like this.”

Each child received $75 to spend on gifts for family and friends.

Comments (3)
  1. Jimbo99 says:

    Take them to K-Mart and let the kids turn on the blue light !

  2. Me says:

    I’m glad Miami Gardens police got something ethical and fun to do instead of being shot at. Miami Gardens is to East Coast as Compton is to West Coast.

  3. Max122756 says:

    Persoanlly I feel bad for Miami Gardens. I watched as it became a self governing city. Watched as the infighting started and stopped and a political agenda was determined as in any growing city.
    But the sadness burns in my heart over the crimes comitted in the gardens. It saddens one to see so much organized street level mentality in a community trying so hard to self govern and pull a community away from the horrors of inner city life.
    I was fortunate to live along side and grow up with many who call Miami Gardens home and I hope and pray it can be a better 2012 for the city as it grows into the new year.
    Maybe this small effort by the police to the community, will embellish that goal.

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