Shop With a Cop
Thursday, December 13, 2018
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.
Sikeston Department of Public Safety Sgt. Scott Kim helps pick out a hover board for a youngster during "Shop with a Cop" Wednesday, Dec. 12. Officers from DPS, New Madrid Police Department, Southeast Correctional Center, the Missouri Highway Patrol, New Madrid County R-1 Resource Office and the Fire Marshal's Office assisted youngsters in selecting Christmas gifts. The annual event is designed to provide youngsters with a merry Christmas and develop a positive rapport with law enforcement.
A youngster is all smiles as he checks out his purchases made with Missouri Highway Patrol officer Trent Beeson during the annual "Shop with a Cop." Children were able to purchase gifts for themselves and their families during the event on Wednesday, Dec. 12., at the Sikeston Wal-Mart.
Youngsters compare their purchases made during the annual "Shop with a Cop" event on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Helping them with their purchases are Yulaunda Farmer and Theresa Proffer (right) with the Southeast Missouri Department of Corrections. Also taking part were officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, New Madrid Police Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Sikeston Department of Public Safety Officer Andre Herron can't resist adding just one more outfit to the basket as he helps a youngster during the annual "Shop with a Cop" on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The event brought together law enforcement and area children to create a memorable holiday. Also pictured is DPS officer James Danforth.
Sikeston Department of Public Safety Officers James Danforth and Andre Herron help pick out doll clothes during "Shop with a Cop" on Wednesday, Dec. 12.
New Madrid Police Chief Joey Higgerson and a youngster check out the selection of water guns during the annual "Shop with a Cop." The event seeks to provide youngsters with a memorable Christmas and a positive view of law enforcement.
Martha Henderson with the New Madrid Police Department and a youngster discuss gift selections during "Shop with a Cop" on Wednesday, Dec. 12., at Wal-Mart. The store's personnel provided doughnuts and juice for the youngsters, who were also greeted by Santa Claus.