EASTON – On Saturday, December 12 members of the Easton Police Department, Talbot County Sheriff’s Department and the Chief of Police from Trappe participated in the third annual Shop with a Cop Program. The program was coordinated by the Talbot Optimist Club and spearheaded by “Talbot Optimist Shop with a Cop” Co-Chairs Debbie Henckel and Taylor Garret. The event was made possible through various community donations. Twenty local school children were given the chance to buy gifts for family members at Wal-Mart in Easton.
The day started with the group of children meeting their police officer escort and then being driven to Wal-Mart individually in police cars. At Wal-Mart, the children scurried around the store with their police officer buddy and picked out items for Christmas, while bonding with their police officer. Many children thought of their family members, before they thought of themselves.
After shopping, the group gathered at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral to eat pizza and subs. Talbot Optimist members were on hand to help the children gift wrap their selected purchases. The participating officers joined in on games and activities for the children. “It is such a precious moment to watch and read the personal messages that the children wrote in their own words to the officers,” said Optimist member Suzanne Jones. “It was very touching to see these positive relationships formed, and I know it meant a lot to the officers.”
The police officer escorts were Easton Police Department’s Sgt. John Coleman, Sgt. Clint Bordley, Pfc. Ashley Corkran, M/Pfc. Yvonne Freeman, Sgt. Eric Kellner, Cpl. Milton Orellana, Cpl. G. Timothy Larrimore, Pfc. David Ramey, Plt. Avery Marshall, Pfc. Michelle Schverholz along with the Talbot County Sheriff’s Department’s, Dfc. Brittaine DiMichele, Sgt. Steve Gadow, Cpl. Marlene Gieraltowski Lt. Wanda Green, Dfc. Charles Marsh, Dep. Dominick Ruscitti and Dep. Jordan Towers as well as Trappe’s Chief George Ball.
“This is what the Talbot Optimist is all about,” said Susan Bohaker, Optimist President, “it’s all about the youth of Talbot County.” The Talbot Optimist, formed 20 years ago, has raised and contributed close to $300,000 toward youth programs in Talbot County. For more information about the program, visit the Talbot Optimist’s website at www.friendofyouth.org.