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Making holiday wishes come true

12/04/2015 09:02AM ● Published by J. Chambless

At last year's 'Shop With the Sheriff,' an officer helps a child select a gift for her family.

The second annual Chester County “Shop with the Sheriff’ event is taking place on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Walmart in Kennett Square.

More than 110 children from the Chester County Family Academy will be escorted by wailing lights, sirens and dozens of Deputy Sheriffs from the Chester County Sheriff’s Office, leaving from Providence Church in West Chester and travelling to the Walmart in Kennett Square.

Children are escorted through the Walmart store at last year's event.

 The Chester County Family Academy is a charter school in West Chester with children from kindergarten through second grade. Each child will shop with the Sheriff or a Deputy Sheriff, filling their Christmas wish lists.

Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh said, “We started this program last year and it was an amazing success. It was a day of absolute joy for these darling kids.”

Following the shopping expedition, the children will return to the Providence Church, where volunteers will wrap their gifts while the children eat lunch and visit with Santa.

“The Sheriff’s Office deputies and staff support a lot of community events throughout the year, but this is one of the most rewarding. These children get to spend a wonderful day with uniformed law enforcement, forming friendships and building trust. It really touches your heart,” Welsh said.

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