This past week, the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Athletic Department continued spreading the holiday spirit by taking part in the Shop With a Cop program in conjunction with the Corpus Christi Police Department.
“We as volunteers paired up with a cop and then with kids as they get off the bus,” said softball player Valerie Perez. “We had $120 to spend on them, with about $90 of that for essentials. A lot of these kids aren’t going to have an everyday Christmas so we have to prepare them for the winter, but the rest of that money went to a toy for them to take home.”
Islanders athletes teamed up with city law enforcement officials to take underprivileged kids from around Corpus Christi. The groups treated the children to a shopping trip at a local Wal-Mart to help them get into the holiday festivities by buying essentials for the participants.
“It is awesome, these kids would not have a Christmas if it weren’t for this program.“ said Corpus Christi Police Capt. Ed Shannon. “They are really some needy kids, and we work with the schools to find them. They are so fun to shop with and are so excited, you know, I’m the fortunate one.”
Student-athletes helped in the cause as they continually try to give back to the community that supports them every day. The teams and department will continue their efforts throughout the month, including taking part in local Toys for Tots and Salvation Army Angel Tree programs. Members of the athletic department also helped out at a food drive at area HEB stores, collecting canned goods and ingredients for meals so area families would be able to have a traditional Christmas dinner.