Princeton PD Hosts Shop With A Cop For Kids In Need

Making Christmas a little brighter
Led by the organizing efforts of the Kiel Police Department members of other area law enforcement agencies joined in the volunteer effort to raise the Christmas spirits of several area young people Saturday as they

She likes to sew things on top of other things.

"I lay out my uniform, my Santa hat, the night before", Evans said.

Trooper 1st Class David Peters said many times children's only interaction with police is a negative one, but events like Shop With a Cop allow them to see another side of law enforcement, one that lets them know that if they have a problem, they can trust police to help them.

Christmas came early for a group of local kids. It's been 25 years since the program first began and it has grown each year - making it the largest in the country.

The effort was funded by proceeds from NPD's No Shave November program, in which officers paid to be able to grow beards last month.

Thirty students rode the bus from school to the store, where several police officers were waiting for them.

He added that Nerf guns were popular among the kids this year.

"That doesn't include, however, if they need a winter jacket or a pair of shoes", FOP President Travis Rozeboom said.

The children for the Christmas with a Cop program are chosen by members of local law enforcement and other emergency services like fire and medical services along with school counselors from the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. "I also like the chance to have gifts we pick out".

"I want to thank the citizens of St. Francois County and the area businesses", he said. "I like to shop with a police officer".

"I'm trying to get him to pick a Steelers hat", Farrall said, laughing, as Abdul, a New England Patriots fan, said no. He said it's something he couldn't really describe. Her mom, Valerie Allison, said she has always wanted to replace the "little bitty box TV in her room" that allows her to choose her own entertainment. "They've been waiting for this for a while". That is a lesson one young man learned when he was 7 years old and he is now giving back to kids who are very much like him.

"It's going to be slim", she told them.

Each officer was paired with a child as they weaved their carts through aisles looking for toys within a $100.00 tax-free budget.



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