"Shop With a Cop" Brings Joy to 170+ Kids
WEST FRANKFORT -- West Frankfort is making Christmas a little brighter for some of its younger residents.
Saturday marked the ninth annual "Shop with a Cop event. This year, the program was able to serve more than 170 children.
The group began the day at the VF factory mall, where they were able to pick out an entire outfit. Then, each kid was given a $100 to shop at K-mart. The day wrapped up with a pizza party at the Aquatic Center.
Amanda Holman and her three children say they are extremely grateful for this opportunity.
"It's hard," she says. "It's hard to find a job, it's hard to make ends meet, you know, prices of things are just skyrocketing, groceries, everything. I mean, so, this means a lot."
The Shop with a Cop program relies on community donations, including a significant financial gift from former resident Bob Burton. He has donated $30,000 to the program in the last two years.
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