According to LaFayette Police detective Stacey Meeks, this year 16 children in LaFayette got to experience a $200 shopping spree at LaFayette Wal-Mart on Saturday, Dec. 19.
Meeks said six LaFayette police officers and six LaFayette fire officers were buddied up with the 16 children for a holiday shopping spree that delivered the goods.
The fire and police department works with schools in the LaFayette area to find children who may need some help having a bountiful Christmas and the departments work throughout the year to raise funds in partnership with the LaFayette Wal-Mart.
The charity program is partially funded by a grant from Wal-Mart, which is supplemented by a series of fund-raisers held by the department.
The children were taken to Wal-Mart in fire engines and patrol units to begin their shopping spree, as the offi-cers took a break from fighting crime and fires and got to show a little softer side of themselves and what it means to be in the holiday spirit.
Anyone who wants to make a monetary donation to help the Shop with a Cop/Fireman charity in LaFayette can contact the police department at (706) 639-1500 or mail a check payable to LPD Shop with a Cop/Fireman Pro-gram, LaFayette Public Safety Department, Attn: Officer Stacey Meeks, 208 North Main Street, LaFayette GA 30728.