Twenty five 4th and 5th graders from 20 different Berks public and parochial schools were selected to participate in Crime Alert Berks County’s annual holiday tradition ‘Shop with a Cop’ at Boscov’s in Muhlenberg Township.

Each student received a $100 Boscov’s gift card to buy gifts for their family members. To accompany and assist in the gift selection process, 27 police officers from police departments all across Berks and the Berks County Sheriff’s Department walked the aisles with the students.

“We enjoy this opportunity every year to help children fulfill their Christmas wish lists for their families” said Rick Periandi, president of Crime Alert Berks County. “This gives each child the chance to experience the joy of gift giving, so important at this time of year.”

As a special treat, members of the Crime Alert Berks board served as Santa’s gift wrapping elves to help the children make their presents even more special.

In addition to the shopping, students also enjoyed a special surprise guest appearance by the Phillie Phanatic. Other activities included the Muhlenberg High School Band, Pizza and ice cream by Dairy Queen of Kenhorst.

Providing half of the $100 valued Boscov’s gift cards, Nicole Blanski, regional manager of PR/events of Boscov’s said “Boscov’s is proud to participate in helping to make Christmas such a special time for these amazing children”.

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