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Daytona kids holiday shop with Daytona Beach Police at Target Sunday

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Daytona children shopped for the holidays with Daytona Beach Police Officers Sunday as part of the Police Department’s “Shop with a Cop” program. The Daytona Beach Police Department teamed with the Target store at 2380 West International Speedway Boulevard to help 10 preselected families. Each family received $250 to purchase items such as toys, clothes and groceries.

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This Examiner spoke with Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood at Target during “Shop with a Cop” Sunday morning, who commented on how the program works: “We look for churches and schools to refer to us families that have a hard time making it through the holiday season for various reasons…we have grandparents who are now raising children, and some of the women here have [family members] who have cancer and other ailments. So we’re just trying to make the holidays a little bit easier for them.”

Police help to make a difference

In addition to teaming with Target, Chief Chitwood said donations the department used this year came from private citizens, and one anonymous donor contributed $2,000 to the program. Chief Chitwood said that helped the Police Department make a difference for the families. “You have the kids who are shopping for toys today, but we have other families that we are helping out with clothing and food for the holidays as well. That’s what it’s all about. Cops can make a difference in the crime rate, but cops also can make a difference in the quality of life and that’s where we want to make a difference, in the quality of life for our families.”

Click here to visit the Daytona Beach Police Department website.

Click here to visit the Target website.

You can contact this writer at mroyer5@yahoo.com

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