Green Country children "Shop with a Cop" for holiday presents

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 12/03/2012 9:12 am Published: 12/02/2012 7:45 pm

Children in Green Country had the opportunity to “Shop with a Cop” at Wal-Mart this weekend and many chose to purchase gifts for loved ones.

Members of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, the Bixby Police Department and the Bixby Outreach Center teamed up to help 40 local children shop for holiday presents.

The mission of the annual shopping trip is to make sure that children don’t go without during the holidays, and to help build relationships between children and police.

“Its all about making great choices and having that one of one face time with a local police officer and a Bixby Rotarian,” said Bixby Outreach Center Executive Director, Natalie Kemmerly.

Kemmerly says that children typically choose to purchase gifts for their family members and look forward to presenting them with them on Christmas.

“It’s special because they get to be the one who gets to take it home to their families,” said Kemmerly.

Richard Stewart is an officer for the Bixby Police Department and says he volunteers for the event year after year because of the joy that it brings the kids.

“It’s great, the whole trip makes their holiday experience a little more brighter for their family,” said Officer Stewart.

Sergeant Bob Darby with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s office accompanied a fifteen-year-old boy on the shopping trip. Sergeant Darby says that the experience is humbling because the children put their family’s needs before their own.

“His wishes were for a warm coat for his Dad and dishes for his Mom,” said Sgt. Darby, “He didn’t ask for much he was thinking about his brothers and sisters.”

The children who participated were selected through the Bixby Outreach Center. The project was funded by the Bixby Rotary Club and the help of Wal-Mart.

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