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Washington County cops make holidays brighter for area children

Tanner Kiggins, 7, takes time to talk with and get to know officers with Marietta Police Department during the 4th annual shop with a cop at the Marietta Walmart Saturday. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

MARIETTA — Washington County law enforcement officers spent Saturday morning at Marietta’s WalMart shopping with over 50 kids to help make their Christmas a little brighter.

According to Sgt. E. Kramer with Marietta Police Department, normally they are only able to help around 25 kids, but through fundraising, they were able to help provide for even more.

“2020 has been a rough year, so I am glad we are able to help out,” said Kramer.

This is the fourth Christmas that Marietta law enforcement has been able to help out families in the area.

“As law enforcement, an important part of our heritage is to help those in need, and there are so many families that are in need,” said Kramer. “Manby businesses are hurting as well this season and can not help as much as they would normally, so I am proud we could step up to the plate.”

Marietta Police volunteers were joined by volunteers with the Washington County prosecuters office at the Marietta Walmart for the 4th annual Christmas season shop with a cop. ((Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

More than 15 officers showed up to volunteer to shop with families, along with the Washington County Prosecutors office and Marietta’s Mayor.

“It is really important for kids to get to know us as individuals who are here to help, not just as an enforcer. We don’t just show up when things are bad, we want to help our community all the time in many ways,” said Kramer.

The kids are allowed to pick items they would like, as long as their guardian approves, such as toys, game, clothes and electronics. The officers aim to provide $150 per kid.

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