Five-year-old Ryan Ortiz had a strong desire to give to children in need this holiday season, but he knew that somehow, he would have to find a way to collect the money to do so.
What was he to do? The young kinder student from Long Elementary, with a big heart and a room full of toys, devised a plan to do just that – give.
He would have a yard sale in front of his house on a Saturday in November to sell his toys, and then he would donate the proceeds to the 3rd Annual Shop with a Cop to be held on Dec. 20.
“I wanted to help other kids because some of them might not have money for presents,” said Ryan. “In Shop with a Cop, they are going to be able to choose things on their Santa list.”
In total, Ryan raised $200 from the sale of his toys plus $100 his parents had already planned to donate. This is enough to sponsor three children in the annual event.
“I’m very proud of Ryan,” said his teacher Edith Cerda. “Anything he can do for others, he’s ready to help. He’s an exemplary student, a leader, and a great example for us all.”
Fifty-one students from HCISD have been selected for Shop with a Cop. Each student will enjoy a $100 shopping spree at Target, then be treated to bowling and lunch at Bass Pro Shops.
The annual event not only provides students an opportunity to do a little Christmas shopping but also interact with Harlingen police officers and community leaders.