by Lisa Tome
According to his calculations, Joey Weaver would have $4 left after buying everything on his Christmas list.
"I'm going to donate that money to someone else," said Weaver, 8.
Apparently Weaver came to the first ever Rising Sun police department Shop with a Cop event, already knowing that it's better to give than receive.
That was the lesson that Chief Chip Peterson had hoped to convey during the event which was held last week. The participants, children and teens, spent time with officers who donated their time to take children shopping at Rising Sun businesses. The children shopped and purchased gifts for their parents and siblings. Following the shopping, the officers and children ate dinner and wrapped the gifts at the Rising Sun Boys and Girls Club unit.
New officer Paul Wilkinson was shopping with Weaver.
Wilkinson said he was impressed with Weaver's giving spirit. The child chose gifts for his mother, and for his sister, and also gifts for both his friend and his grandmother. "He's really appreciative and interested in making the holiday special for other people," said Wilkinson.
PFC Stephen McKinney was shopping with Derek Abrego, 17, and his sister, Jamie Acosta, 13. "This is fun," said McKinney. "I am enjoying this. It's good. It's a struggle for some people to have gifts under the tree. This is bringing smiles to their faces. Mine too."
"This is pretty amazing. It's a blessing," said Abrego, who was buying for siblings and parents.
"It's really fun. He (PFC McKinney) is making us laugh. It's a struggle for our family - buying things," said Acosta.
Police clerk Harriann Casket was shopping with six-year-old Savannah Gonzalez. Gonzalez was buying for six people and also planned to get a little something for herself.
"It's fun. It's good coming with kids and helping families who need it," said Caskey.
PFC Adam Dominick was shopping with two children. "They wanted to buy candy for everyone - everyone in their family," said Dominick. "This is not different than shopping with my own daughter. We are trying to stay on track with the money and be focused."
Laura Oldham, store manager at Rising Sun Big Lots was helping with the shopping. She appreciated that the police were shopping locally. "This is great for the community. It's pretty exciting having them come here. It's nice to see someone happy and smiling," said Oldham.