UPDATE: ‘Shop with a Cop’ events wrap up in Amherst County this week

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(Photo: Courtesy Amherst County Sheriff’s Office Facebook)

UPDATE 1:01 p.m. (12/16/21): Following a terrific Tuesday, Amherst County deputies also had a wonderful Wednesday as they helped spread Christmas cheer to 17 more kids through the “Shop with a Cop” program.

When people say “it takes village”, it absolutely does. We are so blessed to have a “village” that cares so much and generously donates to our Shop With a Cop program. Without these donations we would not be able to share the joy of Christmas with our local youth.

We also greatly appreciate our deputies for volunteering their time. And just like yesterday, they all had a hard time saying no. Each one of them personally contributed when the total bill was over the allotted amount so these children could have everything they put in their carts.

This was an amazing experience for us and we are looking forward to doing it again! We wish you and your families the best during this Christmas season, and hope you’ve experienced a bit of the same joy we have knowing we all made a difference in the lives of these children.

Amherst County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post from Dec. 15, 2021

UPDATE 3:42 p.m. (12/15/21): Following the first of two “Shop with a Cop” events this week, the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office is already feeling successful.

“We can’t thank our community members enough for making this happen,” the sheriff’s office announced on Facebook on Tuesday, Dec. 14. “This program is 100% community funded; without donations this would not be possible.”

According to officials, the deputies shopped with 11 children for Amherst County, each of whom had an allotted amount of money to spend on what they wanted the most, whether that was dolls, bikes, clothes, or even hoverboards.

“We’re not sure who had more fun, the kids or our deputies! And speaking of deputies, what an honor it is to have theses deputies working in our county,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Tuesday. “Each one of them volunteered their time, without hesitation. And while they’d rather us not make a big deal out of it, each of them also personally contributed money toward the final bill when the kids went over the allotted amount. We are blessed to have them!”

Amherst County authorities are set to participate in the second Shop with a Cop event on Wednesday, Dec. 15.


AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Two events will take place this week in Amherst County where children will have the opportunity to “Shop with a Cop.”

The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Amherst County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, the Amherst County Victim’s and Witness Advocates, Amherst County Public Schools, Amherst County Department of Social Services, Walmart, and the sheriff’s office’s School Resource Officers will all be partnering for the events.

Around 30 local children will get to participate in the events on Tuesday, Dec. 14 and Wednesday, Dec. 15 to shop with a deputy to purchase items from their Christmas wish list.

They say the program is funded completely by generous donations from members of the Amherst County community.

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