Shop with a Cop and make a kid smile this holiday season. (You’ll love this.)

Stephenville Police Chief Dan Harris took Santa for a ride at last year’s Shop with a Cop event.

Through Sarah Vanden Berge

Erath County law enforcement is wasting no time getting into the holiday spirit.

The agencies are teaming up to raise money for the third annual “Shop with a Cop” program, designed to bring a Merry Christmas to local at-risk youth.

“We hope to support 50 children this year, which is the most we’ve ever done,” said Stephenville Police Chief Dan Harris. Beneath the surface news.

The fun starts early and bright on Thursday, Dec. 22, when kids are treated to breakfast with a cop at The Purple Goat. They then go to Walmart (with lights and sirens) for some Christmas shopping.

“Each child will receive $250 to buy clothes, shoes and toys from WalMart, who have been a phenomenal supporter and made another big donation to us this year,” Chief Harris said.

You can donate any amount to Shop with a Cop at First Financial Bank, Texas Department of Public Safety, Stephenville Police Department, Dublin Police Department, and Erath County Sheriff’s Office.

“I currently have over $2,000 in checks sitting on my desk from donations we received this week,” Chief Harris said. “They just keep coming in and I have no doubt that we will reach our goal.”

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