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Cops Help Fulfill Holiday Wish Lists

Shop With a Cop program help bring joy to needy students this holiday season.

Area kids were treated to a shopping spree Saturday with as part of the Shop With a Cop program.

The program, which aims to help needy families, was brought to Livermore two years ago by Pat Avilla, a vice principal at .

Avilla started the Livermore program after hearing about a similar program during a visit to Southern California.

This year, 14 students were teamed up with 11 off-duty police officers, who volunteered their time to participate in the program.

Here's a rundown of the day's events:

  • Officers picked the kids up from home
  • 60 members of the Granada band welcomed them at Walmart at 8 a.m.
  • 20 leadership students from Granada helped the officers and students pick out gifts
  • Each student was issued a $125 gift cards, and contributed more than 50 percent for the cards
  • Teams shopped for an hour and a half
  • Students were taken to breakfast at
  • Students were then taken to the police station to wrap their gifts.

More photos can ve viewed here: http://photobucket.com/GHSShopWithACop.

bjunehill December 12, 2011 at 03:08 PM
I feel lucky to have such a caring police department in town. From the pictures it looks like the kids think they are great also.
Mark Tarte December 12, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Glad to see the LPD and LPOA continuing a tradition started many years ago in a different manner and also with the school district taking the lead. Good job by all!
MagnusT December 15, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Maybe if their dad hadn't been thrown in jail for barely blowing a 0.08 BAC then these kids might have a normal Christmas. Maybe the cop who took them around was the one that arrested their dad...guilty consciences are sometimes a strong motivating force.
MagnusT December 15, 2011 at 05:50 PM
BTW, nice advertisement for Walmart. They need all the free publicity they can get.
Mark Tarte December 16, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Magnus, guilty conscience? Hardly. Anyone arrested for DUI wasn't forced to drink and drive. They did it to themselves and btw, once arrested and sober, they get a ticket in booking for an appearance date and rarely have to make bail. I was always glad to arrest a drunk driver. Kept me from having to work a fatal collision, which happens far too often because of drunk drivers or texting drivers.

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