10 Year Old Becomes Christmas Example During “Shop with a Cop”December 24th, 2012 by Joe Burgess
During Saturday morning’s “Shop with a Cop” sponsored by Walmart, Monticello Police officers took 23 children and teenagers shopping at Walmart, with $100 to spend on each one of them.
The officer that was with one 10 year old boy asked him, ”Where do you want to start.” Most kids would answer toys or games, but this child’s reply was, “I want to buy my Mommy something for Christmas.” He wanted to buy her jewelry, so they went to that department and picked out a ring for her.
Next the officer asked him, “What do you want to get now.” His reply was, “I want to buy me something to wear for Christmas,” so off the clothes they went.
He was asked if he played Xbox games, but replied “No, I don’t have anything like that. We have to buy food.”
The child’s concern for his family, and example of getting his Mom’s gift before getting something for himself, touched many of the officers involved in a unique way. Soon after “Shop with a Cop” ended, a couple of officers, along with their wives, began putting together a Christmas gift for the child’s family. With a few donations, and hearts that were touched by the 10 year old’s example, a group from MPD went back to Walmart, and purchased “Christmas” for the family.
This summary of a friend’s Facebook post words it well…. “There is absolutely no way I can say how special today has been, after shopping for this sweet family. When we pulled up at their house, we saw the smiles, heard the screams and “Thank you Jesus” over and over. I can’t express the appreciation this family had. We were given an Xbox 360 and a Wii, plus games for them. Each child got jeans, shirts, socks, pajamas and a jacket. They also got several games for the family to play together, like Monopoly. Their Christmas meal will consist of ham, turkey, and the trimmings. We were able to buy all of this and still give the family a gift card to Wal-Mart with money on it for them to pick up anything else they need, thanks to donations. To everyone that pitched in to help make this happen, rest assured, this family appreciated EVERYTHING way more than I can explain.”
And the “Spirit of Christmas” continues……