Troopers Make New Local Friends During Christmas Event
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Edmonson County has always supported the local "Cram the Cruiser" drives that are hosted by the Kentucky State Police and other local law enforcement agencies, but the drives are not just held for school supply needs.
The campaign also serves to help fund the annual "Shop With A Trooper" event, also known as "SWAT," which allows local kids to team up with KSP for a unique shopping experience.
The shopping trip was held on Thursday night at Meijer retail store in Bowling Green. Local trooper and KSP Public Affairs Officer Jeremy Hodges spoke with us about the annual event.
“This was the most successful event we’ve ever had," said Hodges. "Thirty-four children received toys and clothing free of charge, and their families received gift baskets from Meijer, as well as baked ham and canned goods for a Christmas dinner which were donated by volunteers through our Cram the Cruiser campaign."
Hodges said that through the everyday interactions with children, troopers and other law enforcement officers meet some unique kids that deserve an extra friend, especially around the holidays.
"Every child deserves a Christmas, and SWAT allows those children the chance that may not have the normal opportunities to enjoy the Christmas holiday," he said. "It also gives them an opportunity to see that Troopers have a heart behind their badge, and absolutely everyone leaves happy at SWAT.”
“This is a testament to our communities, with sponsors, donations, and volunteers," added Hodges. "We can't do these things without all the wonderful volunteers. We'd also like to thank Fish and Wildlife Officers, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, and the Child Advocacy Center, as well as the great staff at Meijer and Chic-fil-A.”