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.
“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.