Kentucky State Troopers played Santa to 24 children from Henry and surrounding counties on Saturday, December 13.
Jerri Lynn Scott of the Campbellsburg Post said Post 5 had sponsored a Christmas basket program for more than two decades, buying gifts for families and taking the presents to their homes.
“This year we made a change and called it ‘Shop With A Trooper,’” she said.
The officers picked 21 children up in their cruisers (three who could not come received their gifts at home) and drove them to Wal-Mart in Carrollton for a shopping spree. “Each child was allotted $200 to spend,” Scott said. She said Wal-Mart furnished the program with a discount and treat bags.
After shopping troopers brought the children back to the post where the real Santa and his elves distributed pizza, cookies, more presents and goodies bags.
Following a very full day the troopers took the children home. “After the fun was over each child was returned home by the trooper that picked them up,” Scott said, “ with everything they bought or received.”
She said 22 troopers and volunteers helped make the event a great success. “The troopers, volunteers and children all seemed to enjoy themselves,” Scott said. “There is a great deal of happiness to see the sparkle in a child’s eyes when they are picking out presents and taking them home.”
Post Captain Dean Hayes said he also was pleased with the outcome. “We are very fortunate to live and work in a community that truly cares about those less fortunate,” he said. Hayes said the event was underwritten by individuals and companies who donated money, gifts and personnel. “We plan to continue the program next year and hope to provide even more children an opportunity to share Christmas with a community that cares,” he said.
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