Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Preparing for 2020 Shop With a Cop Events

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is gearing up for the 16th consecutive year of Shop with a Cop. Shop with a Cop provides children with positive interaction and one-on-one time with law enforcement during the holidays. Shopping is done each year by deputies from the Sheriff’s Office along with officers from the Punta Gorda Police Department and Florida Wildlife Commission. The children are selected by their school counselors from grades 2-5.

This year, the Sheriff’s office hopes to host 125 students during the scheduled event at Walmart stores throughout the county. Children chosen to participate receive a $100.00 Walmart gift card to shop for themselves and family. Gifts are wrapped on site by volunteer elves from the Sheriff’s Office, Punta Gorda Police Department, Suncoast Credit Union, and FWC. Santa Claus will also be on hand for pictures!

A little girl hugs Santa Claus from 2019 event

Below is a schedule of the participating Walmart stores in Charlotte County. Students will be visiting with Santa and shopping between 3:30PM and 5:00PM at each location.

December 8th – Kings Highway
December 9th – Punta Gorda
December 15th – Englewood
December 16th – Murdock

The Shop with a Cop program is funded with support from our local Walmart stores, as well as donations from community members and partners. For more information, or if you wish to donate, please contact Chris Hall in Community Affairs at 941-575-5227 or

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