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Updated: 12/26/2013 09:42:06AM

Shop with a Cop brings smiles

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PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Christmas came early for more than 50 local children as 20 officers and employees of the Lake Wales Police Department held their 5th annual Shop with a Cop event recently at Walmart in Lake Wales.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Joe VanBlarcom of the Lake Wales Police Department helps 11-year-old Lavoris Jones and 10-year-old Montavies Walker search through aisles of toys at the Lake Wales Police Department's 5th annual Shop with a Cop event at Walmart in Lake Wales.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Lake Wales Police Officer Lawrence McCalley and 7-year-old Logan Woody find a radio-controlled truck that will brighten Logan's Christmas.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Eight-year-old Abbygail Vitale asks Lake Wales Police Department Chief of Police Chris Velasquez a question about a doll she spotted on a display.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

After finding some special gifts, 10-year-old Montavies Walker and 11-year-old Lavoris Jones accompany Joe VanBlarcom of the Lake Wales Police Department to the check-out line in Walmart.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Seven-year-old Anderson Verduga knew exactly what he wanted and shares his smile with Detective Ivelisse Rodriquez and Assistant Manager Jorge Sanchez while sitting on his new BMX bike.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Officer Jonathan Fletcher and his son Joshua (with hat) share in Yolanda Donaldson and Samuel Evrin's excitement at the Shop with a Cop event at Walmart in Lake Wales.

By KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

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It’s all about kids, police, those who care about kids, and Christmas.

Welcome to Shop with a Cop, now in its fifth year in Lake Wales, partnering with area sponsors to make Christmas happen for some of the area’s children.

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