PRESTONSBURG – Santa Claus came early this year to dozens of area children at the Mountain Arts Center on Saturday during Prestonsburgs annual “Shop with a Cop” holiday event.
With an economy seemingly in a never-ending descent, and good jobs becoming fewer and far between, events like “Shop with a Cop” put on by the city of Prestonsburg bring out the very best in people, and illustrate a a true sense of Christmas Spirit.
The cities annual “Shop with a Cop” event was held last weekend at the Mountain Arts Center, and during the event, twenty families, and nearly 50 children enjoyed the holiday event.
“The resource officer at each grade school selects the kids; and what were doing, each kid that they chose gets $100 to spend at Wal-Mart, a new bike, and clothes,” said Larry Woods. The children spend the money on themselves or their siblings, and can buy whatever they want, clothes, toys or whatever.
Woods said he wasn’t sure how much money “Shop with a Cop” had brought in this year. “People have been pretty generous this year. Especially considering how things are,” said Woods.
The children, and their families and siblings were treated to a pizza lunch and photos with Santa at the Mountain Arts Center before moving over to Wal-mart to do their shopping.
The event is put together ever year with Prestonsburg Police Department, Prestonsburg Fire Department, City Hall staff, and Prestonsburg Dispatch.
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