Shop with a Cop program benefits less fortunate children
CROWLEY - Crowley Police Officer Wayne Perry seemed to be having as much fun as the kids Thursday morning at Wal-Mart.
“This is my favorite thing we do all year,” said Perry as he grabbed his shopping cart in preparation for the department’s “Shop with a Cop’ program. “You’ll see that look in their face...that’s what makes it all worth it.”
The program, which began six years ago, gives children, who come from less fortunate homes, enjoy a $50 shopping trip to Wal-Mart. The officers, who donate the money themselves, take each of the kids on a shopping trip to Wal-Mart to pick out the presents - mostly from the retailer’s toy department.
“Sometimes the things they select run a little over their $50 limit,” said Officer Lynn Baker. “If it’s just a few dollars over, we’ll usually dip a bit deeper into our pockets. Watching how happy they are when they’re here is what this is all about.”
The children, who are chosen from Ross Elementary, South Crowley Elementary and North Crowley Elementary, took a school bus to Wal-Mart and were greeted by the officers as they entered the store. They were then introduced to their shopping buddies who were waiting to bring them through the store. Playstation games and electronic cars seemed to be among the most popular selections.
“Hopefully, we can make these kid’s Christmas even more happy,” said Baker.