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Annual Shop with a Trooper a success despite pandemic

Published: Dec. 9, 2020 at 4:38 PM CST
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic, Kentucky State Police are making sure kids have a Merry Christmas.

In their annual ‘Shop with a Trooper’ event, the trooper shops with a child and tries to fulfill their Christmas lists, but this year due to the pandemic, they had to adapt. Instead of having a child helping them, troopers grabbed the Christmas lists and filled carts with items at Meijer.

Trooper Daniel Priddy spoke on what they shopped for at the store.

“So we all met out here today to do ‘Shop with a Trooper.’ We were able to shop for about 30 kids throughout this area and the Post 3 district. 30 kids that, you know, might not have been able to have a Christmas at all this year. So we were able to get each child a coat, some shoes, some warm clothing for the winter. We also try to give them some toys to be able to open up on Christmas because every child should be able to open some toys up on Christmas Day. So we do a little toy shopping, and then each family gets a food basket.”

Trooper Priddy also spoke about the big difference this year shopping for the kids without them being present due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.

“A lot of times one of the biggest parts of this program is to be able to interact with the children you know, to be able to take them shopping with us and to be able to have them by our side ask them questions get to know them a little bit, they get to know us and get to see a different side of us. With this, we wanted to minimize any risk and we weren’t able to actually do the shopping with the kids. However, that brings other things to the table, they are going to be able to open these presents up, they are going to get surprised because they don’t know what they’re going to get this year. So with the obstacles comes a different type of reward.”

Shop with a Trooper was made possible by fundraising, sponsors, and donations from the community.

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