The Jonesboro Police Department partnered with the Pine Belt Community Center, and Walmart to put on the annual Shop with a Cop Program. Chief J. Spike Harris of the Jonesboro Police Department stated that he wanted to make sure this was the largest event of his administration and with the help of churches in Jackson Parish and businesses in Jonesboro, along with donations from local citizens, the dream came true.
Chief Harris stated that Walmart will usually give them a grant for $2,000 to $2,500 and they can make 20 to 25 children happy. This year Walmart gave a grant for $2,000 and with the help of local churches, businesses, and individual citizens 71 children were allowed to spend $100 each.
“This event would not have happened without the help and dedication of Mrs. Conchita Doyle of the Pine Belt Community Center and the management and staff of our local Walmart,” said Chief Harris. “I also want to give thanks to our local first responders, council members, and volunteers. They were awesome!”
The volunteers were the Jonesboro Police Department, Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Hodge Police Department, North Hodge Police Department, Walmart management and employees, Jonesboro Fire Department, and Jonesboro City Councilman Robbie Siadek.
“This year’s Shop With a Cop turned out wonderful and we look forward to making it bigger and better next year,” finalized Harris. “Thank you all again and I wish you all a Merry Christmas!”
For additional pictures of the youth and their shopping partners go to the James Harris Facebook page.
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