BOONE, Iowa—If you were to travel into downtown Boone late Thursday afternoon or evening, you’ll find Story Street blocked off and a throng of pedestrians walking the sidewalks with uniformed escorts. It’s the Boone Police Associations annual Shop With A Cop event. This week, Boone Police Chief Bill Skare told the Boone City Council that 105 children have been invited to go shopping. Police officer, deputies, fire fighters, state troopers, paramedics, conservation officers and others will make up the escorts with a lot of help from volunteers. Everyone will gather and sign in at the Community Building at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Boone County Transportation will be transporting shoppers downtown and to the south side of Boone. More volunteers will gather at the Community Building while everyone is out shopping, and will be prepared to assist with the wrapping of gifts. Boone School Resource Officer Dave Powers said earlier this fall that all children are required to purchase something they need, a coat, boots or similar item. Each child is also required to purchase a gift for parents. The Police Association is supported in their effort by thousands of dollars in donations from the public. Use of the Community Building is donated by Fair Board. Boone County Transportation donates services. Numerous other agencies and businesses also provide in-kind and monetary contributions.