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Local Shop With a Cop Program Promising

By Staff | Dec 8, 2015

Tyler County’s Shop with a Cop program is poised to be a holiday success.

Area businesses and individuals donate money to the program that seeks to provide several disadvantaged boys and girls a good Christmas.

Tyler County Sheriff’ Department, as well as the Sistersville and Paden City police departments, work together to play Santa Claus.

Sistersville Police Chief Rob Haught said the department has raised more than $3,000 so far toward purchasing gifts and more for children. Sistersville police hopes to help between 10 to 12 kids by providing at least $200 per child.

“We are still collecting money and we are hopeful that we can help more children,” he said.

Haught said this is the first year his department has participated in the program. He said, last year when a local donor assisted with New Martinsville’s Shop with a Cop program, there was money left over that was used to help a small boy living in Sistersville.

“It was such a rewarding experience,” Haught said. “We were able to get the the boy what he wanted. He asked for books, winter clothes and toys.”

Haught said local elementary schools select which children are the beneficiaries of the program. After receiving approval from the child’s parents, law enforcement officers work closely with the families to determine what the child needs and wants for Christmas.

Paden City police have raised nearly $400 so far toward the program, said Tim Shreve, the city’s interim police chief.

“This is a good program,” he said. “We hope to help kids in our area by making their Christmas brighter.”

Tyler County Sheriff Earl Kendle said the department is very supportive of the program and is raising money to make Christmas brighter for children in need.

“It is a great program,” he said.