About fifty police officers helped more than 200 children buy Christmas presents as part of Shop With a Cop Sunday at the Langhorne Target. Six departments worked together to spend $46,000 on toys and holiday cheer.
Corporal Paul Deppi with the Newtown Township Police joined for the department’s second year. Deppi says one girl named Haley stood out among the many happy kids.
“I’ve never seen a kid with as big of a smile as this girl,” Deppi said. “She was so excited and we found out her parents did not tell her this was happening until they arrived. The excitement was contagious to everybody who saw her. That, to us, is what motivates everybody to come out.”
Deppi also thanked Officer Melissa “Missy” Robison with the Middletown Township Police Department. Robison is well versed in community outreach and Shop With a Cop. She guided the newer officers in their pursuit to help as many children as possible.
“She is a tremendous human being, a role model, a military veteran, someone who is involved in the community,” Deppi said. “She did a great job of guiding us because we’re still new to this.”
The holiday shopping spree for children in need was “organized chaos” in the best way. Volunteers worked wrapping stations while officers zoomed around the store with children who picked out presents.
Each officer paired with a child and made sure to get as many items on their list as possible. But many times, the kids were not buying presents for themselves.
“The kids spend for themselves,” Deppi said. “It’s not them going on a shopping spree for Paw Patrol or video games. They seek out things for their family members, their aunts, uncles, brothers, and sisters.”
About seven people donated on the spot at Target. Local volunteers also donated food, with Joe Garvey cooking up fresh egg sandwiches for everyone.
The Middletown, Newtown Township, Newtown Borough, Lower Southampton, Upper Makefield, and Northampton Township Police Departments coordinated for the fun day. A large portion of the children were from the Neshaminy and Council Rock School Districts, with others from local churches or programs.
Deppi also thanked the generous members of the Bucks County community for making the day possible.