By SAMANTHA MILLS
Twenty-two Knox county children got the opportunity to have a good Christmas, thanks to the Kentucky State Police Post 10. KSP kicked off the Shop-With-A-Cop program on Thursday, December 7.
Troopers from the Harlan Post took a total of 22 children from Dewitt Elementary, Flat Lick Elementary and Lynn Camp Elementary shopping at Walmart in Barbourville. “This is the best program we have. Through the donations we receive, it’s allowing the state police to give back to our community,” said KSP Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs.
Today was only one of three Shop-With-A-Cop programs. KSP also takes 20 children from Harlan County and 20 from Bell County. Each child receives $120 to spend at Walmart with the troopers. “We want to make sure they get some type of clothes. Whether it be coats or shoes…once they have about half in clothes, then we let them go pick out toys,” said Jacobs.
Once finished shopping, the children were provided with lunch, hosted by Forcht Bank. They were catered food and were visited by Santa Claus. Each child was showered with gifts and to cap it all off, Forcht Bank provided a new bicycle to each of the 22 children. “It is very personal to us. Not only is it a great day for the kids, it is a great day for the state police, because we get that one on one time with these kids, we get to hang out with these kids and we get to show them that we are here for them and not be afraid of us,” said Jacobs.
Kentucky State Police has fundraisers year round to help the children in this particular program. Private donations are also accepted; if anyone would like to send a donation, address it to: KSP Post 10 Harlan, Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs, 3319 US-421, Harlan, Kentucky 40831.