Shop with a Cop

News Article / December 28, 2017

The Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Crime Prevention Committee, working in partnership with local businesses and volunteers, hosted a stellar Christmas initiative this year that the RCAF would like to share with you. Merry Christmas, everyone!

By Corporal Nicholas Merritt

The first-ever “Shop with A Cop” Christmas event brought to you by the Happy Valley-Goose Bay (HVGB) Crime Prevention Committee, in partnership with local businesses and volunteers, took place on December 3, 2017. Personnel from 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, were among those who volunteered for the special day.

Twelve youth from the community were selected to visit the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police Detachment, where they were partnered with a police officer and given a shopping allowance. The allowance, provided from funds raised by the committee, enabled the young people to purchase gifts for their family members and have presents under the tree Christmas morning.

To kick things off at the detachment, the shoppers decorated a gingerbread cookie. Then, with their police officer teammates, they set to work making their shopping “wish list”. At noon, the real excitement began when everyone headed to The New Store, one of the detachment’s biggest partners on the project. There, the teams searched up and down the aisles, checking their lists not once but twice, to find the perfect gifts for the loved ones for whom they were shopping.

After the shopping was done, they headed back to the detachment, where the shoppers, with a little help from their police teammates and the elves on hand, got down to business and wrapped the presents and prepared them for their delivery.

Given the the list-making, the shopping, the wrapping, and the subsequent pizza party, all the policing partners involved learned a lot about the youth of our community. Everyone worked together to spread a little Christmas cheer for the 2017 holiday season. And the Crime Prevention team also took note of what goodies our shoppers were looking at with sparkles in their eyes, and put in a special call to the North Pole.

The Happy Valley-Goose Bay Crime Prevention Committee would like to send its warmest thank yous to everybody who helped in any way to make this event such a success. The experience of everyone who participated will be a cherished holiday memory for years to come, and maybe even the start of an annual tradition!

Spending time with the young people of our community and promoting positivity through activities such as this has made for a rewarding gift to us all this year. It allowed the youth to have a sense of pride and a feeling of confidence in their hearts. When you choose joy, you feel good, and when you feel good, you do good things. When you do good things, you remind others what joy feels like, which just might inspire them to do the same.

Corporal Merritt serves with 25 Military Police Flight Goose Bay at 5 Wing.

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