What Does A Kid Want For Christmas?

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Shop With a Cop 2010

Many of us probably have an idea of what a kid would say if you asked him or her “What do you want for Christmas?”  I have an image of a long list being rattled off of every cool, new toy that flashes by in TV commercials or is nicely displayed on store shelves.  Kids are kids, after all.  But just like every other stereotype, there are always exceptions, and in the case of this year’s annual Shop With a Cop, our officers witnessed about a dozen of those exceptions.

Shop With a Cop is an annual outreach we organize that gives deserving kids from our community a chance to go shopping for a day and spend money and gift cards that have been donated for the event.  This year in particular the stores at Mesa Mall really stepped up to give the kids some nice gifts and quite a bit of spending money.  So, you might think the kids went hog-wild picking out anything they wanted for themselves.  Nope.  They went hog-wild all right, but it was shopping for my brother, or my mom, or papa, or mammy.  Our youngest shopper, a six-year-old, even came ready with a list of every

PST Sheridan O'Leary and Bernice got something for everyone on Bernice's list!

person in her family she wanted to cover, including the family dog.  Most of the kids had to be reminded that it was ok to pick out a couple of things for themselves too.

The local TV stations did a great job covering this event, as they do every year.  Both KKCO and KREX posted their coverage on their websites.  When you listen to the kids you can hear a combination of excitement and gratitude mixed with a dash of awe over what they experienced.  They truly were an amazing group, one that embodied the true spirit of Christmas, and all of us from the GJPD feel lucky we had the chance to be part of it.

Here’s the complete list of sponsors for this year’s Shop With a Cop.  Thanks for your generosity!

  • Grand Junction Peace Officers Association
  • Mesa Mall
  • Hot Topic
  • No Fear
  • JC Penney
  • Target
  • Select Comfort
  • Sports Authority
  • FYE
  • Lids
  • JB Robinson Jewelers
  • Snack Shack
  • Pretzel Maker/ TCBY
  • Kay Jewelers
  • Enstrom’s Candies
  • Regis
  • Cost Cutters
  • Cabela’s
  • McDonalds
  • Chuck E. Cheese
  • McClane Canyon Mine
  • School District 51 employees

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