Prairie Village police make holiday brighter for underserved kids through ‘Shop With a Cop’

Prairie Village police helped eight local youth shop find gifts for themselves and their families as part of the "Shop With a Cop" program.
Prairie Village police helped eight local youth shop find gifts for themselves and their families as part of the “Shop With a Cop” program.

The Prairie Village police department along with the Prairie Village Municipal Foundation are once again ensuring a group metro area youngsters — and their families — have a happy holiday.

With funding from the foundation, police last week escorted eight underprivileged kids on a holiday shopping trip as part of the department’s annual Shop With a Cop program. The Municipal Foundation donated enough money for the kids to eacb spend $150 on presents for themselves and their families at the Mission Target. Target donated an additional $20 per child — and a shopper at the store added to the merriment.

A woman at the store approached Capt. Tim Schwartzkopf and asked what the police were doing with the kids. Schwartzkopf explained the program to the woman, and she asked if she could “give to the cause.” She pulled a $100 bill from her purse and handed it to him.

“She didn’t want to be recognized or anything,” Schwartzkopf said. “She just thought it was a cool program and wanted to pitch in.”

The police used that $100 to buy 10 $10 gift cards, which they put into the kids gift bags.

Two of the ten children scheduled to participate in the program couldn’t attend Thursday’s group event, so the police department is working to find a time to take them shopping in the coming days.