Kentucky State Police kick off annual Shop With A Trooper

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky State Police Post 10 kick off their annual Shop With A Trooper in Barbourville, Wednesday morning.

Troopers shopped with 22 kids, 11 boys and 11 girls, allowing them to spend $120 dollars on clothes and toys.

"This is a day that I want these kids to always remember. Always remember the day they got to shop with a trooper," says Shane Jacobs, Trooper.

Kentucky State Police say without the donations from community members and businesses in their counties, the events would not be possible.

"We have been able to team up with the community, to get donations to be able to take these kids Christmas shopping. And, make sure they receive a Christmas this year," says Jacobs.

After shopping with the kids, they were taken to Forcht Bank to meet Santa Claus during lunch.

"It is such a heart-warming thing to see these young people that are so appreciative, so excited," says Marion Forcht, Co-Owner of Forcht Group of Kentucky.

Marion Forcht says Shop With A Trooper is her favorite event each year, because of the kids' appreciation and reactions when they receive their gifts and bicycles.

"It almost takes me back to Christmas morning and you got up and there was the tree and the presents. And, then they get that starry-eyed look that I think I remember having," says Forcht.

Troopers say they enjoy getting the opportunity to give back to their community, and connect with the local kids.

"It is about them, receiving the Christmas that they deserve. We want to be able to be a part of that. And, it is just another day that we are able to give back and spend time with these kids," says Jacobs.

Post 10 will be continuing the Shop With A Trooper event in Bell and Harlan counties this week, as well.

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