Shop with a Cop

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By Brent Schanding

A fresh towel was all one kid wanted. Another asked for pillows.

When the shopping extravaganza ended one kid came back screaming: “I got everything I wanted.”

“He was so excited,” said David Young, a chaperone for this season’s Shop-With-a-Cop program –– a holiday shopping spree for needy children sponsored each year by the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department.

“You take a lot of it for granted when you have it,” said Young.

This year the program helped secure gifts for 27 children in Spencer County.

Food baskets and other treats were donated to the children with help from the community. The kids were also encouraged to splurge on clothing and other items.

Deputy Kyle Bennett said a busload of local children went to Wal-Mart in Shelbyville earlier this month, where some went wild spending up to $250 on themselves.

“It’s such a good trip,” Bennett said.

Young, who volunteers regularly for the program with his wife, Lorie, watched as smaller kids ravaged the store in search of toys and other goods. One older teen was meticulous in his methods of finding the best values, Young said.

“He picked out nice clothes and personal stuff,” he said. “He was really conservative about his purchases.”

Another kid realized Christmas was the season for giving –– he picked out a present for his mom.

Bennett said each year the program serves to help local children, while acquainting them with law enforcement. Left over money from the shopping spree will be used to enrich another local family, he said.