On December 8th Asnuntuck Community College will be the first stop for a group of youngsters who will have the opportunity to have a meal, see a show and shop for their family, all with their newest friend, an area police officer. The REACH Foundation, for the fourth year in a row, is sponsoring their Shop With A Cop event. In 2013, 50 children were paired up with 50 officers for this unique experience. This year’s event in Enfield, is one of four that will be held throughout the state.

For the first time, Asnuntuck Community College will be the home base for the evening’s Meet & Greet. Between 50-70 police cruisers from local and surrounding departments will converge on the college, with officers sharing a meal, from Outback and enjoying entertainment, from a magician, with the pre-selected children. The children will also get to visit with Santa. Then the highlight of the evening begins. The police procession, flashing lights and all, will head over to Target at The Enfield Square, where children will be partnered up with their officer.

The children, who were identified by local schools, youth organizations and social service agencies, come from very low-income families. According to The REACH Foundation, this event was created to help strengthen the relationships between at risk youth and law enforcement.

The children, with their law enforcement partner, will then have an opportunity to shop for gifts for the child’s family, and also for a child in the community where the officer serves. At the end of the night the child will have their photo taken with their partner officer and Santa then receive a goody bag.

Those looking to make a donation for this annual event, can visit www.TheReachFoundation.org.