Santa Carrying Shopping Bags

Ider native Mycah Swift will once again host the “Christmas in the Park” on Dec. 8 to sponsor her toy drive program, “Shop with a Cop.”

The Ider High School student has coordinated with the Rainsville Police Department to provide county children in need with $100 to shop with a local policeman for their Christmas toys.

Swift said she proposed the program in 2017 after seeing children that could not afford or weren’t given gifts during the holiday season.

“It was very sad to see, so I decided to come up with a program that started with “Christmas in the Park,” which is a fundraiser to support Shop with a Cop,” she said.

Last year, Swift and her mother, Mary Evans, along with the Ider community, were able to raise $1,500 and help 15 children. This year, Swift said they hope to double that number.

“Depending on how much money we get, our goal this year is to help 30 children, we’ll take as many kids Christmas shopping at Walmart,” she said.

Swift said if they receive more funds and applications they will help more children, as well.

The event in the park will follow the Ider Christmas Parade that begins at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8.

“We’ll have inflatables, a chili cook-off, carolers singing, and we’ll have a bake sale,” she said.

While raising money for the shopping event, Swift said she and Rainsville Police Chief Kevin Smith have challenged each other to raise more money.

“Whoever raises more money will get to pie the other one in the face,” Swift said. “Please come to Christmas in the Park so we can all see Kevin get a pie in the face.”

The Rainsville Police Department is currently conducting their “No Shave November” event to raise their funds for the program.

“If someone wants to sponsor a specific officer so they don’t have to shave, they can, or they can just do a single donation, whatever they prefer,” Smith said. “If an officer raises $100, they don’t have to shave throughout the month of November.”

The “Shop with a Cop” program is taking applications until Dec. 2, and the shopping day will be Dec. 16 at 10 a.m.

To apply for assistance through Swift’s program, visit your local police station, she said.

“We’ll have applications at every police station,” Swift said. “Wherever you live [in DeKalb County,] go to that station, and fill out an application.”

To enter in the chili cook-off or bake sale during “Christmas in the Park” or for more information on applying for assistance, call Evans at 256-630-4213.

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