Calgary, AB,

CopShop 2014

The Calgary Police Service (CPS) and Marlborough Mall are getting ready to help well-deserving children check a few things off their holiday wish list. The ninth annual CopShop event will match up CPS officers with selected children for a day of shopping. The event, which aims to foster positive relationships between the police and youth, kicks-off today, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. at Marlborough Mall.

CPS officers will act as personal shoppers and mentors as they help local children pick out gifts for their friends and family. Each child will receive a $200 gift card donated by Marlborough Mall and a stocking filled with treats from mall stores. Those chosen to participate in the event were recommended by a variety of sources and selected based on need, academic performance, sports achievement or volunteer efforts.

“Marlborough Mall is honoured to be partnering with the Calgary Police Services on such a great event,” said Kim Wiltse, Marketing & Specialty Leasing Director, Marlborough Mall. “CopShop is a wonderful way to give back to the community, while making the holidays a bit brighter for well-deserving youth. We are thrilled to be a part of this holiday initiative.”

CPS Supt. Cliff O’Brien will be on hand to welcome youth at the Marlborough Mall food court. Even Santa Claus himself will make an appearance as officers and children are teamed up for their shopping excursion.

Launched in 2005, at a Halifax Shopping Centre, CopShop events have been adopted by 20 VIC Management centres across the country including locations in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia.