Fraternal Order of Police hold Steubenville 'Shop with a Cop'
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio —
Members of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 97 of the Upper Ohio Valley spent all year raising money for its annual Shop with a Cop event.
Thanks to members of the community, 121 children were able to go on a $100 shopping spree.
It was a busy evening at the Steubenville Walmart. The children walked side by side through the aisles with a local police officer for the event, each with a budget of $100.
"It's like a dream because I never had $100 before,” said Mariah Brown, 9.
That hundred dollars went a long way McKeehen Manson, 11, with a brand new purple bike
“It's awesome,” Manson said.
For another little girl, it was this Barbie toy with three dogs. The dogs’ names? Coco, Lucky and Cutie.
Smiles were seen on both the officers and the kids.
"It's great to see the smile on the kids’ faces,” said Sergeant Shawn Gegick. “They can pick out what they want. A lot of kids are getting clothes. A lot of kids love to get their toys they didn't get a chance to get."
For Mariah’s mother Sharon, it’s the interaction with the cops that makes her smile.
"There are really good cops out there that really do want to help and that are kind enough to make sure that this happens every year for the kids,” Sharon said.
Gegick said the event is fun for the cops, too.
"It's great for the kids to see us in a different line,” Gegick said. “We're out here helping them. We can have fun. We're just not all bad guys. We like to have fun. We like to play with the toys. We enjoy all that stuff also."
The smiles and laughs provided by the program were made possible by local donations
"It's a long process,” Gegick said. “As soon as we finish up this year, we'll start for next year"
All the efforts were appreciated by those involved.
BRAYDEN WIGGINS 11
"It's really nice for them to do that for kids that don't get very much stuff - when they don't have very much stuff and they give it to them,” said Brayden Wiggins, 11.
If you would like to donate, you can contact the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge at (740) 346-2710.