Shopping with a Cop Brings Smiles

By GasserOnline Correspondent, LOUANN BUHLINGER

Shop-with-a-Cop-2010-007-v2Rotary’s annual Shop with a Cop® event put smiles on more than 30 kids faces December 4. More than 50 Rotarians, police officers, explorer scouts and women from TU’s athletic programs were on hand to make sure kids from Celia Clinton Elementary School could shop for their families for Christmas.

While the students and the officers were shopping for the family, Rotarians snuck away and secretly bought gifts for the kids.  My student wanted a battery-operated car, and I was able to find the last, battery-operated police car in the store.  Perfect for the day.

Shop-with-a-Cop-2010-004-Jalaa-v2The kid’s experiences with the police officers builds a great bond for future relationships, and by the end of the day, there were huge smiles on their originally tentative faces. Students from TU wrapped the gifts, and Wal-Mart provided lunch and cookies for the families.

Partners for this event chaired by Rotarian Jalaa Stultz included Tulsa’s Fraternal Order of Police, Wal-Mart and the Rotary Club of Tulsa.