Some students were shopping for their families, some for their friends, and some for themselves. One was even shopping for her cat.
Regardless of who they were buying for, 27 junior high students were shopping with a $200 gift certificate and a police officer shopping chaperone during the fourth annual CopShop at Marlborough Mall.
Police Chief Rick Hanson kicked the shopping spree off by thanking the officers and the mall and was excited for the students to have the opportunity.
“It’s a great way to build bridges with the youth and overall it’s nothing but fun,” Hanson said.
“All these kids had to do something good over the course of the year to be here … and it’s nice for the kids to be recognized and appreciated for doing good to others.”
Daisy Pinebird, 14, was excited to shop for her two older sisters.
“I might also buy myself a pair of jeans or clothes of some sort. I think this is just a lot of fun to get out of school and shop; I’m glad to be here,” she said.
Another student, Michaela Cook Paul, was excited to shop for her family and for her cat.
“I love my cat and spoil my cat, so I will probably get him some stuff, even though he is kind of annoying sometimes,” she added.
Const. Tracey Davis said she was happy to be involved because of the smile on the kid’s faces.
“Sometimes Christmas can be a really tough time of year for some and for some of these kids, it’s their first or only time to shop for their families,” she said.