TODAY is CopShop day at St. Vital Center. It’s an annual event which sees over 60 officers from The Winnipeg Police Service take on the role of personal shopper. Each is teamed with a special local child who is armed with a Christmas Wish List to head into the mall with a 200 dollar Gift Card donated by the Centre.
Each child then shops with a uniformed officer, using the Gift Card to buy winter clothing , toys and Christmas presents. The Police Service says it fosters community relations by allowing the young people to interact with police in a meaningful way.
Those chosen for today’s special shopping spree are picked , based on various criteria; need, recognition of specific academic – sports achievement , or volunteer efforts which have made a difference in their community. Everyone agrees it to be a Most Rewarding event! SMILES prove it!