It was the seventh annual "Shop with a Cop" day at the Fridley Walmart store Tuesday, with 32 students from the four public elementaries within the city of Fridley, and more than 20 Fridley Police Department officers and staff on hand.
The adults helped the kids shop for gifts for family members (and one gift each for themselves), finishing off the day—or starting it—with a meal at Subway. Wal-mart provided gift cards for each child, and Subway provided needed sustenance either before or after hitting the aisles.
For the third year, a gift-wrapping station was set up in the employee lounge, with Walmart employees helping kids there along with Officer Todd Desjardin and FPD staffperson Jill Koss. A North Park Elementary fifth grader had nearly filled her cart with wrapped gifts.
Fridley Director of Public Safety Don Abbott was in the razor aisle with a R.L. Stevenson Elementary School second grader who was shopping for gifts for his parents and four siblings—in this case for his dad, who has a patch of beard on his chin.