About two dozen Perry-area peace officers — plus firefighters and paramedics — gathered at the Perry Elementary School lunch room Saturday morning for the annual Shop with a Cop holiday gift event.
They were soon joined by 32 kids from local families ready for some team Christmas shopping at Ben’s Five and Dime, Orscheln Farm and Home and the Dollar General Store, this year’s merchant sponsors.
Perry Police Department School Resource Officer Josh Sienkiewicz, who coordinated this year’s shopping spree, said the program was able to take 32 kids shopping thanks to the community’s generous donations and proceeds from the Before the Turkey Soup Supper.
“I was incredibly happy with the turnout and results,” Sienkiewicz said. “It’s so important to interact with the public, especially kids!”
The first order of business Saturday was grabbing a doughnut and orange juice and making a wish list, with each young person pairing off with public safety agent to brainstorm gift ideas. The youngsters had first to choose gifts for each member of their families before planning on ones for themselves.
Once the shopping lists were complete, the shoppers ad coppers hit the local stores, returning afterward to the Perry Elementary School to wrap the gifts for Christmas morning.
Joining the Perry Police Department and the Perry Volunteer Fire Department in this year’s Shop with a Cop were officers from the Woodward Police Department and paramedics with the Dallas County EMS.