For the third consecutive year, the Indianola Police Department, in partnership with the local Walmart, held its annual Shop with a Cop event where local children, who might not otherwise have a joy-filled holiday, are presented with the opportunity to go on an in-store shopping spree.
This year’s donation by the Arkansas-based superstore was $2,500 and was distributed among 10 families. Chief Edrick Hall said, “We are eternally grateful for Walmart and the Shop with a Cop program.”
Hall emphasized that although the occasion is an opportunity to give back to the community, it has other benefits, “For the department it’s more about building a relationship with the kids of our community to reassure them that we are not just in the community, but of the community,” he said.
As always, select officers and members of Hall’s staff accompanied the children during the shopping trip. The children were able to select toys and clothing with the vouchers they received.
Photo: Recardo Thomas