Prairie Village Police, Municipal Foundation make a special holiday for local kids

Sgt. Rod Smith shared a laugh with fellow officers as the group checked out after shopping with local kids at Target for the annual "Shop with a Cop" event.
Sgt. Rod Smith shared a laugh with fellow officers as the group checked out after shopping with local kids at Target for the annual “Shop with a Cop” event.

The Prairie Village Police Department and the Prairie Village Municipal Foundation on Tuesday helped make sure a group of less-fortunate youth — as well as their families — will have a happy Christmas.

For the second year in a row, the police department hosted its “Shop with a Cop” event. Police accompanied 13 local kids to the Mission Target where they each got to spend $125 on presents for themselves and their families. Target chipped in an additional $15 per child. The group then headed back to the police headquarters where the kids enjoyed a pizza party with ice cream for dessert (provided by Mely’s Yogurt and Ice Cream).

“A lot of times we see that the kids end up spending most of their budget on presents for their brothers and sisters, but we try to make sure they each get something nice for themselves as well,” said police chief Wes Jordan.

Funds for the event came from the Prairie Village Municipal Foundation.