The Wyandotte Nation Tribal Police Department (WNTPD) hosted its annual ‘Shop With a Cop’ Sunday, Dec. 8. Participating officers, including WNTPD and other area law enforcement, took 30 kids and 45 volunteers shopping at the Walmart in Miami, Okla. However, officers and volunteers purchased gifts for 51 kids total. That is the most kids the program has provided shopping for since the WNTPD started taking part in it.
Officers would like to thank all the volunteers for their help as well as all who donated to this great cause. Donations: Wyandotte Nation Education Department, Wyandotte Nation Cultural Department, Title VI, T-shirts from Metal Fab, Walmart, Allgeier Martin & Associates, The Garrette’s, Mike Melnikoff, Bank of Wyandotte, Lion’s Club, Anonymous, River Bend Casino & Hotel, 7th Street Casino, Turtle Stop, Jar at Turtle Stop, and WTOK.
Also, thanks to all the officers that showed up to help on their off time, as well as Stephanie Hamilton, Twilia Stone and Chris Turner.
Participating officers treated the kids to lunch and snacks at the Wyandotte Nation’s Title VI Building before heading to Miami for an afternoon of holiday shopping. Following the shopping, the officers loaded the kids and volunteers on two buses and brought the kids back to wrap the presents.
Local families experiencing economic hardships can’t always provide their children with their own celebration of Christmas. That is where the ‘Shop With a Cop’ program comes in, joining underprivileged children with WNTPD officers and other area tribal officers, providing the children with money to shop for Christmas presents for their families and themselves. Local donations and volunteers make this program possible.