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Post Date:12/21/2018 4:03 PM

DSC_0303RAYMORE, MO - Raymore police officers took 34 area children shopping for holiday gifts through the Shop with a Cop program on Wednesday.

“It’s really about the happiness you see in the kids,” Capt. Jim Wilson said. “When you see the smiles on their faces and know that they’re going to have a good Christmas, that’s what makes it special and that’s what I consider a success.”

The Raymore Police Department has been making the holidays more cheerful for a number of special children in the community for three years with the Shop with a Cop program, starting with just 10 children in 2016.

Donations from residents and local businesses allowed police to take a few extra children shopping this year. Each child was paired with a police officer for the shopping trip to Walmart with a $100 spending limit. There was just one requirement– children had to pick out at least one gift for themselves.

In addition to shopping, the children’s families were invited to Centerview for pizza, hot chocolate and cookies, a movie and visits with Santa.

Several volunteers helped children wrap their gifts at Centerview, including civilian employees of the police department, police chaplains and Walmart employees.

“We’re just so thankful for this opportunity to connect with children in our community this way and to help them have a happy Christmas with their families,” Chief Jan Zimmerman said.

Members of the Raymore Police Department extend a heartfelt thank you for the time donated by volunteers and the generous donations from residents and businesses that made this event possible, including QuikTrip, Casey’s, MOD Pizza, Minsky’s Pizza, Price Chopper, Buffalo Wild Wings, Noe’s Jewelry and Walmart.


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