The Kentucky State Police kicked off their annual “Shop with a Trooper” program on Tuesday, treating area kids to a day of shopping and pizza.
KSP Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said the troopers had selected 24 children from Harlan County to participate in this year’s program.
“Each child will get to spend $120 today,” Jacobs said. “After we leave Walmart, we’ll be taking the children to Pizza Hut and feed them pizza and drinks.”
According to Jacobs, the Kentucky State Police “Shop with a Trooper” program is footing the bill.
“We raise money throughout the whole year,” Jacobs said. “We have fundraisers, the community donates, we have businesses who send donations in. It’s just a great program that we have.”
Jacobs mentioned the children receive items they need along with toys.
“We make sure each child gets clothing, coats, shoes, and once they get those items, then we move on to the toys,” Jacobs said. “We just want to make sure they have a good Christmas. It’s a very important program to the Kentucky State Police to be able to give back to our community.”
Jacobs said that anybody who would like to donate to the “Shop with a Trooper” program may mail a check into Kentucky State Police Post 10 in Harlan. Checks should be made out to Kentucky State Police Post 10 Shop with a Trooper.
“We take approximately 65 children a year shopping,” Jacobs said. “Today was the kickoff in Harlan. We’ll be in Middlesboro with 21 Bell County children on Wednesday. We end on Thursday with 21 children in Knox county…it’s gotten bigger and better every year. We’ve added more kids every year.”
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