Shop With a Cop

Thursday, December 13, 2018
Jill Bock,staff

SIKESTON - It was hard to tell who was having more fun during the annual “Shop with a Cop.” Youngsters were excitedly picking out Christmas presents and the law enforcement officers accompanying them were grinning from ear to ear. After being welcomed by the staff at Wal-Mart and treated to doughnuts and juice, officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, New Madrid Police Department, New Madrid County R-1 Resource Office, Sikeston Department of Public Safety, Southeast Correctional Center and Missouri State Fire Marshal’s office were paired with youngsters for shopping. The goal, according to organizers, is to provide each child an unforgettable Christmas experience and promote a positive rapport with law enforcement. The children were able to spend money on whatever they choose. While many bought toys and clothes for themselves, others had their family in mind when making their selections. One youngster picked out a heating pad especially designed to relieve back pain explaining his mother’s back often gets sore. The money provided to the youngsters to spend was raised through donations, however, at least one of the officers kicked in some of his own money when his young shopper’s selection went over budget.