Raymore Police shop for holiday gifts with area children
Raymore police officers helped make the holidays a little more cheerful for some special children in our community through the Shop with a Cop program.
On Dec. 12, officers were able to take 30 children on a shopping trip for gifts at Walmart as part of the annual program. Chief Jan Zimmerman says the growth of the program itself shows how generous and kind our community is when it comes to taking care of those in need.
Capt. Jimmy Wilson has been participating in the program with the Harrisonville Police Department for several years and is happy to see it in Raymore.
“Last year we shopped with 10 kids and this year it felt great to be able to help 30,” Wilson said. “Shop with a Cop wouldn’t be possible without the support of people and businesses in our community and we’re excited to keep it going and see it grow through the years.”
Shop with a Cop was made possible in part by a generous grant from Walmart.
As part of the festivities, families gathered at Centerview where everyone was treated to pizza donated by Casey’s and MOD Pizza, live music from The Middle Creek Band and other activities while the children and officers headed to Walmart to shop for gifts for their families and themselves.
Raymore Police chaplains and recent graduates from the Citizens’ Police Academy volunteered as gift wrappers at Walmart after the children had purchased their items.
“There is nothing better than to give a child a happy Christmas that they can share with their family,” Zimmerman said. “We look forward to growing this program even more in the future to offer that feeling to more families in our community.”