CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Fifty children in the Charlotte area got a special treat Saturday morning. They went shopping for school supplies with current and former law enforcement officers.
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police sponsors the "Cops and Kids" event each year. The program helps parents who can't afford to pay for the school supplies their children need.
This year the kids shopped with their parents at the Target on Northlake Center Parkway in North Charlotte. The kids got to pick out items like pencils, notebooks, and even clothes.
Eyewitness News spoke with a retired NYPD detective and FOP Committee Chair, Bernard Roe. He said the children were very grateful for the supplies and officers were paid back with smiles.
He also said the event helped kids see police officers in a positive light.
"They see us coming into communities taking people...so we are giving back to our community," Roe said.
Donations from the community make this event possible each year.
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