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Pasadena: Fort Smallwood Optimist Club celebrates 40 years of, well, optimism

Pasadena: Fort Smallwood Optimist Club celebrates 40 years of, well, optimism

For Rosemarie Billing-Briggs, Shop with a Cop is when she becomes filled with the Christmas spirit. "Listening to some of children's stories, it's truly amazing," she said. Shop with a Cop is one of the programs supported by the Fort Smallwood Optimist Club. The program pairs local law enforcement officers with one or two children to help them shop at Walmart for Christmas gifts with a $100 gift card. Billing-Briggs shared a story about a boy around 10 or 11 that one year only purchased gifts for his mother, because the previous year she had nothing under the tree. Shop with a Cop happens because of donations from local businesses and groups like the Fort...

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