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FRAMINGHAM – For four years, heroes & helpers have provided gifts for more than 1,200 youths as part of its annual Shop with a Cop event at Target in December.

The Framingham Police Department is seeking sponsors and donations for the annual program in 2020, said Matthew Gutwill.

Target and Chick-fil-A are already signed or but more sponsors are needed, including donations.

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This year will be the 5th year of the program, and times are even tougher during the coronavirus pandemic.

Anyone who would like to donate can contact Gutwill at

Shop with a cop Metro West  started in 2015 assisting families who are in need of financial help, families of military personnel who are deployed and, or families that the members of the Framingham Police Association recognize as those who are in need during the holiday season, said Gutwill.

This event could not of been as successful as it is, without the help of the members of the Framingham Police Association who volunteered their time to help set this event up and to help the kids shop on the night of the event, added Gutwill.

And the program is no longer just Framingham, and has expanded in recent years to include officers and other first responders from Ashland, Natick, Sudbury, Wayland, Marlborough, and beyond.

Families are selected by school social workers, school resource officers, and referrals from several organizations.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.