While Halloween decorations dominate the retailers, police officers are looking ahead to the holiday season. The Newtown Township Police Department is raising money for their second annual Shop With a Cop.

Cpl. Paul Deppi joined WBCB Monday morning for the weekly Galzerano Funeral Home Show at 9 a.m. Magisterial Judge Michael Petrucci also came on the air to help promote the fundraiser.

In 2018, officers took 41 children to the Langhorne Target. Each child had $150 to buy whatever they liked.

A particular pair of girls stood out to Petrucci.

Corporal Paul Deppi takes a child shopping for Shop With a Cop in 2018. Photo via Newtown Township Police Department.

“We were helping them pick out gifts, and then it dawned on me. They weren’t getting¬†anything for themselves. They were getting it for other family members. It was so moving.”

Meanwhile, one story has stuck with Deppi.

“One little girl that I had, her dad sold her bike the day after Christmas the year before for drugs. It was a terrible story, but we got her a new bike and I’ll never forget her.”

The idea is to help children who have been through a lot, and give them a holiday to remember.

“It’s all about giving back and showing people that there are good people out there”

This year’s event is Dec. 1 at the same Target in Langhorne. Anyone looking to make a donation reach out to Cpl. Deppi at 215-579-1000 ext 280.