For the 2012 holiday season, we had the pleasure of photographing an amazing event. Shop with a cop is an event that the Talbot County Optimist Club puts on where they get stores around the area to sponsor a child for the event. The child is partnered up with local police officer or trooper. The officers take their child to Walmart and give the kid $100 to spend on whatever they would like. Most of the children buy presents for their family and something for themselves. It is a wonderful event and what the children get out of it is amazing, they see the police as good people not as the bad people. Watching the police work with their child is so emotional because you can see the impact they are making to the children.
After Walmart, the police take the kids to a local resturant where their gifts are wrapped and they are fed lunch. Some of the stories we so hard to hear, one of the little girls said she did not eat for two days, to hear this was heart-wrenching. It was great to capture this event and be a part of helping these children.