Shop with a Cop brings Christmas joy to area kids


By Sarah Hawley - shawley@civitasmedia.com



Area children had the opportunity to spend the morning shopping with local law enforcement as part of the fourth annual Shop with a Cop program through the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office. Pictured shopping with the children are Wildlife Office Chris Gilkey (left photo), Deputy Chris Jones (top right) and Major Scott Trussell (bottom right). (Names of the children were not permitted to be printed).


Deputies, staff and others receive their instructions prior to heading out to shop with the children. In many cases officers were able to shop one-on-one with the children.


Meigs County Sheriff’s Office employees and representatives took part in the annual Shop with a Cop program on Thursday morning, shopping and spending time with 16 children from around Meigs County. Pictured (top) are law enforcement and others who took part in the program; (bottom) Sgt. Rick Patterson helps a boy pick out a remote control vehicle.


MASON, W.Va. — Months of fundraising efforts paid off on Thursday morning as was evident in the smiles on faces of 16 kids as they spent the morning with local law enforcement shopping for Christmas.

This is the fourth year the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office has taken part in a “Shop with a Cop” program, but this year was by far the biggest for the group.

Fundraising through “No Shave November,” “Ugly Christmas Sweater Basket Games,” and other donations made it possible for the sheriff’s office to take 16 kids out to breakfast at Bob Evans where they were visited by Santa and then to shop.

Following breakfast, deputies, sheriff’s office employees, Wildlife Officer Chris Gilkey, Children Services employees and others connected to the sheriff’s office loaded into sheriff’s cruisers and went to Wal-Mart to shop for gifts and clothing items for the kids.

Deputy Joe Barnhart explained to his fellow officers that each of the children were required to get a pair of shoes as part of their purchases so that they had shoes to wear to school. Beyond that, the kids were allowed to pick out items for themselves, as well as a gift for a parent if they desired.

“Santa sent us to help them,” Barnhart explained to the deputies.

From picking out the perfect pair of shoes to hats, scarves and other clothing items, toys, make up and perfumes, deputies and kids made their way around the store selecting numerous items for the kids to take home with them following the shopping trip.

Previous years have included a handful of children, with the additional fundraising efforts allowing for the number to increase. The amount each child was allowed to spend was also increased, with $250 allowed for each child this year.

The funds for the program come through the “Loyalty is Forever” account at both Farmers Bank locations in Pomeroy. Farmers Bank representatives Lori Miller and Tina Richards were on hand to assist with the day’s activities as well. The families are typically chosen based on recommendations through Meigs County Department of Job and Family Services.

Area children had the opportunity to spend the morning shopping with local law enforcement as part of the fourth annual Shop with a Cop program through the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office. Pictured shopping with the children are Wildlife Office Chris Gilkey (left photo), Deputy Chris Jones (top right) and Major Scott Trussell (bottom right). (Names of the children were not permitted to be printed).
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_12.23-Shop-1-1.jpgArea children had the opportunity to spend the morning shopping with local law enforcement as part of the fourth annual Shop with a Cop program through the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office. Pictured shopping with the children are Wildlife Office Chris Gilkey (left photo), Deputy Chris Jones (top right) and Major Scott Trussell (bottom right). (Names of the children were not permitted to be printed).

Deputies, staff and others receive their instructions prior to heading out to shop with the children. In many cases officers were able to shop one-on-one with the children.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_12.23-Shop-2-1.jpgDeputies, staff and others receive their instructions prior to heading out to shop with the children. In many cases officers were able to shop one-on-one with the children.

Meigs County Sheriff’s Office employees and representatives took part in the annual Shop with a Cop program on Thursday morning, shopping and spending time with 16 children from around Meigs County. Pictured (top) are law enforcement and others who took part in the program; (bottom) Sgt. Rick Patterson helps a boy pick out a remote control vehicle.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_12.23-Shop-3-1.jpgMeigs County Sheriff’s Office employees and representatives took part in the annual Shop with a Cop program on Thursday morning, shopping and spending time with 16 children from around Meigs County. Pictured (top) are law enforcement and others who took part in the program; (bottom) Sgt. Rick Patterson helps a boy pick out a remote control vehicle.

By Sarah Hawley

shawley@civitasmedia.com

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