Youngsters enjoy yuletide shopping spree

City and county law enforcement officers saw to it recently that over two dozen children would not go without Christmas presents under their families’ trees this year.

The “Shop With a Cop” event Dec. 3 provided 26 youth a warm breakfast and a shopping trip to the local Target where they selected gifts for their family members and themselves.

During a catered breakfast delivered to the Yukon Police Station’s community room care of Jared Wright, owner of the McDonalds on Main Street, the youthful shoppers they got acquainted with their respective volunteer law officers. Those included Yukon police officers, OHP troopers and Canadian County Sheriff’s deputies that escorted them on their Christmas shopping spree.

Children selected for “Shop With a Cop” are from less advantaged families and go through a screening process to be selected and the money used to pay for the presents comes from donations by the community. 

“We did good,” said Susie Wright, administrative assistant to Police Chief John Corn. “We were able to get enough donations to take 26 kids shopping.”

Youngsters wasted no time once inside Target and filled their shopping carts with Christmas treasures for their entire families. Wright said many times the youngsters don’t want to purchase a present for their own and have to be coaxed into including themselves on their shopping list.

The shopping trip went like clockwork, starting with cookies and refreshments handed out to the shoppers upon arrival at Target.

“The youngsters had a really good time and Target did a really good job with us,” Wright said in describing the event. “The kiddos had a great time.”

Once the Target trip was finished, the officers returned to the police station with their charges and the presents were gift wrapped by a variety of volunteers. They were soon ready to head home when their parents returned to pick them up from their Saturday morning buy-fest.

“It was all done and everybody went home,” Wright said. “We hope they all have a nice Christmas. They all looked like they were having a really good time.”

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