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Kids 'shop with a cop' at Walmart

Local contributors raised $2,000 for the holiday event

Posted: December 23, 2012 - 12:10am
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Alaska Wildlife Trooper Aaron Frenzel helps a girl search for the LEGO Avengers set, a Christmas present for her little brother, during Saturday's "Shop With A Cop" event at Walmart. Alaska State Trooper Chris Umbs is seen perusing the toy aisle in the background.  Emily Russo Miller / Juneau Empire
Emily Russo Miller / Juneau Empire
Alaska Wildlife Trooper Aaron Frenzel helps a girl search for the LEGO Avengers set, a Christmas present for her little brother, during Saturday's "Shop With A Cop" event at Walmart. Alaska State Trooper Chris Umbs is seen perusing the toy aisle in the background.

Law enforcement agencies in Juneau teamed up again this year to gift low-income families with Christmas presents, just in time for the holidays.

Eight children from five different families “shopped with a cop” at Walmart on Saturday and bought presents for their siblings and parents. The kids also checked items off their own wish list.

Members of the Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers, the Juneau Police Department, SEADOGS and NOAA pick the kids up at their house in a patrol car, shop at Walmart, then go back to the police station to wrap the presents.

“We just do it to try to give the families a better Christmas,” said Alaska Wildlife Trooper Aaron Frenzel, who coordinated the event.

The Alaska Peace Officers Association raised and collected $2,000 for this year’s “Shop With A Cop.” It’s the third year Juneau has hosted the event.

Contributors who donated funds include JPD; Capital City Fire/Rescue; the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers; Alaska Wildlife Troopers; Department of Public Safety’s Commissioner’s Office; Public Safety Employees Association; NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement; and the Coast Guard’s Enlisted Association, Chief Petty Officer’s Association and Juneau Officer’s Association.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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