Italy — The Italy Police Department, for the second year in a row, thanks the community for donations to help ensure another successful “Shop with a Cop” experience for Stafford Elementary students. Each Christmas holiday, students are selected by the school’s administration to participate in the event. This trip, officers paired up with six students who were picked up from the school at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11, and then received a siren blaring escort to Wal-Mart in Waxahachie.
Once inside, with shopping carts and officers in tow, and $300 for each to spend, the students began exploring and testing every toy and item on the shelf to find just the right gifts not just for themselves, but for family members as well.
Chief Diron Hill teamed up with 1st grader Christopher Cryer, Sergeant Tierra Mooney paired with 3rd grader Farrah Eglich with help from Officer Bryan McFarland of the Bryan Police Department, Officer Eric Tolliver and 2nd grader Chance Shaffer were like two kids in a toy store, Officer Shawn Martin assisted 6th grader Julliette Salazar, Officer Mike Richardson was on a mission with 5th grader Mitchell Darell and Officer Shelbi Landon shopped with 4th grader Arley Salazar.
With all carts full of gifts, the convoy continued to the checkout line where Wal-Mart employee Rebecca Mentzel scanned all the items with a Christmas smile. With their police car sleighs loaded down with goodies, the group then returned to Italy where they met inside the city council chamber room to wrap all the gifts. Once the final bow was in place, the students returned to the elementary via their squad car sleighs full of Christmas spirit and with no worries with Christmas drawing near.
So whenever you see a “Shop with a Cop” donation box, drop in a few wishes come true that will directly benefit our local students and their families, ensuring a Merry Christmas for all!
You can support the “Shop with a Cop” program by attending the 4th of July Guns vs. Hoses softball game and fireworks show or by donating anytime throughout the year at the Italy Police Department, located next to Italy City Hall. If you would like to donate your time, money, or Wal-Mart gift cards to help make a child’s Christmas special, or would like to nominate a child for next December, please contact:
“Thanks everyone for your continued support of our Shop with a Cop program!” — Chief Diron Hill, I.P.D.