Officers, youth go on holiday shopping trip of a lifetime
Mustang’s generosity was on a full display Saturday during a shopping trip that brought together police officers, their families and local children.
The Mustang Police Department and 19 children made up this year’s annual “Shop with an Officer” event on Dec. 10.
“Due to generous donations by various organizations, this year’s event will involve 19 children from the Mustang School District (more than double the children involved last year),” said Detective Camie McNeil.
Due to the number of children, McNeil said the police department took two shopping trips.
The day started early at 8 a.m. with the first group arriving at the police department before heading over to the Mason’s Lodge for breakfast followed by shopping at the Mustang Walmart.
The second group got underway just after 10 with their festivities and after everyone had shopped ‘til they could drop, they came back to the police department to wrap their family’s gifts.
McNeil reported that the FCCLA, Student Council, National Honor Society and the Rainbow Girls from the Mason’s Lodge all assisted with wrapping.
Pizza was also provided as much needed fuel during the wrapping party.
Robert Groseclose, the city’s nearly hired police chief, and his wife participated in the shopping trip. He called the experience, “pretty awesome.”
Seeing the officers’ experience was special too, he said.
“Normally the officer’s interaction with people can be potentially negative but this was absolutely positive,” the chief said. “The officers were really excited – just to see the reactions on their faces.”