Ider High School student, Mycah Swift, said the “Shop with a Cop” program will be able to help over 50 children receive Christmas gifts this year.
On Saturday, Swift held “Christmas in the Park” where she, her mother, Mary Evans, and other volunteers held various events to fundraise for children in the county.
“We raised $600, so that’s an extra six kids,” Swift said. “Then, me and a couple of friends are going to go around Ider, Henagar and maybe a few more areas this Friday and Saturday and go Christmas caroling to see if we can raise any more.”
With the help of local police departments, the program is set to help approximately 37 more children this year than they did in 2017.
Swift has partnered with the Rainsville Police Department, Sylvania Police Department and other officers throughout the county that have helped raise money for the shopping event.
“I’ve got to give God glory on this, but our goal was $3,000 and as of yesterday we were at $5,200,” Kevin Smith, Rainsville police chief, said. “We’ve raised $4,500 at the police department through the multiple generous donations that we’ve received.”
Smith said the local police hope this program will give them a chance to show children that law enforcement officers are their friends. Many children fear police officers and they hope to change that, he said.
“We take these children that normally wouldn’t be able to have a Christmas, and they wake up with nothing from Santa, and we get to be their Santa,” Smith said.
As of Wednesday, Swift said with the money they have raised, they are going to be able to help over 50 children receive $100 each to shop for gifts.
Local officers will take the applicants shopping on Dec. 22 and they will shop on Dec. 21 for a local girl with cancer that cannot be around many people, Swift said.
To donate for “Shop with a Cop” contact Mycah Swift at 256-605-6568 or the Rainsville Police Department by calling 256-638-2157.
“Thank you to everyone that has helped me or the officers,” Swift said. “We’ve had a whole lot of help this year with donations.”