Cops bring Christmas


It was a good year for Shop with a Cop.

Detective Eric Brown said financial donations picked up strongly at the end, which Paris Police Department administrative assistant Melissa Garner said put the charity right on track for making the 2018 goal.

As of Tuesday, Dec. 18, more than $45,000 was donated and Garner said money was still coming in.

The money finances the event but it is volunteers that make it happen. A large group of volunteers showed up at Wal-Mart Dec. 15 to help the police take children around shopping for shoes, coats and other winter-appropriate clothing.

Volunteers represented the Paris Police Department, Edgar County Sheriff’s Department, Chrisman Police Department, Kansas Police Department, Brocton Police Department, Paris Fire Department, Chrisman Fire Department, Edgar County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency, Edgar County Probation Department, Edgar County Circuit Clerk’s Office, City of Paris, Edgar County Special Service Area Ambulance, Horizon Health Ambulance, Elks Club, PEO Sisterhood, Mayo Redbird Leadership Squad, Paris High School Key Club, Lions Club and local residents.

With the large number of volunteers on hand, the long line of families receiving help that wound through several aisles of the store moved at a steady pace from the 7 a.m. start until the last family arrived at the registration point at 9 a.m.

Garner appreciated how many volunteers helped. She said somebody was always available to take a family shopping so nobody had to wait.

At the end of the event, 322 Edgar County children were helped. That number is down a little from 2017 when 350 children participated in Shop with a Cop.