The Cornwall Centre was a little busier Wednesday afternoon with the Cop Shop program.
Cop Shop gives 20 kids the chance to go on a 200 dollar shopping spree with a Regina Police Officer, and also rewards troubled kids for good behavior in the classroom.
Doug Kozak, General Manager of the Cornwall Centre, says he and his staff circle this date on the calendar every year.
“It really gets the Christmas spirit going in all of us; it’s a tremendous event,” Kozak says. “The opportunity to make 20 children happy and to work with our partners, we’ve seen our retailers engage in the program as well, so it’s become very important to us.”
Evan Bray, Police Chief for RPS, says the kids who take part in this program shop for their family as well.
“The real important and heartwarming thing to remember is my little guy Jacob has got a list of things he wants to buy, most of which is for family,” Bray says. “Grandma, Mom, brother, cousin. It’s quite heartwarming to see what it is they’re hoping to with this valuable time that they’ve got.”
The Cop Shop program also allows kids to get a picture with Santa, and receive a free pair of jeans and mittens from two retail stores in the Cornwall Centre.