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Shop With A Cop Helps Kids

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Dec 23, 2020

New Martinsville Police, Wetzel County Sheriff's Department, and West Virginia State Police take children Christmas shopping.

“Every Year it keeps getting bigger and better,” said New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil. “It’s all about the kids, and we try to make it an unforgettable experience for them.”

Chief Cecil, Wetzel County Sheriff Mike Koontz, and their respective departments, along with the WV State Police, Paden City Detachment, filled the isles of New Martinsville’s Wal-Mart on Wednesday, December 16, for their annual Shop with a Cop event. For the past several years many local children have experienced the joy of Christmas as they got the opportunity to pick out gifts for themselves and family members while being escorted through the store by local cops. Each child selected for the shopping experience this year was afforded $250 to spend as they saw fit with a little guideance from the “Men in Blue.”

The local police were each assigned kids to walk through the store and chaperone as the kids filled the shopping carts with toys, clothes and candy. One little boy said,” I hope it snows for Christmas, I just want to stay inside and play with my stuff.”

“It’s statements like that which make this all worthwhile,” said Wetzel County Sheriff Mike Koontz. “The expressions on the faces of the kids and their parents speak a thousand words, without this sppecial day, some of these kids may not have received any gifts at all. It’s a great day for everyone involved.”

With 75 kids selected to participate this year, the local Police