MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – Christmas came early for a group of Madison County kids on Saturday. More than 100 children took part in the annual “Shop with a Trooper” program organized by Kentucky State Police Post 7.
“It’s hard to put into words. It always brings a smile to my face and it’s always sad to see the environment some of these children are in,” said Trooper Robert Purdy.
Xmas come early for dozens of kids here in Madison County! @kystatepolice annual Shop with a Trooper kicks off w/ a breakfast & visit from Santa this morning. Then it’s off to Walmart, where troopers will help kids pick out gifts. @TprPurdy says he cherishes engaging w/ the kids pic.twitter.com/FtzSk9JqpG
— Mike Valente (@ValenteLEX18) December 15, 2018
Dozens of children from low-income families were the center of attention, treated to a special breakfast, a visit from Santa, and of course, the main event, a shopping spree at Walmart.
“We want them to leave with a sense of purpose and just some things to get them through the school year, as well as some Christmas gifts,” said Trooper Purdy.
Trooper Robert Purdy has participated in the event for twelve years and he stresses the event is about so much more than just gifts.
“This is an opportunity to invest in them, to spend some time, get to know them a little better, and show them that law enforcement cares about them,” said Trooper Purdy.