Today the Celina Police Department, with the assistance of every law enforcement agency in Mercer County conducted a Shop with a Cop event at WalMart. Last year Chief Wale was approached by Tara Morris of Amerigas, Ft. Recovery office, to host a Shop with a Cop event. That grew this year with Amerigas. Grand Lake Law Enforcement Association, (Celina) Eagles Aerie 1291 and the Women of the Moose (Celina Lodge) all making donations to grow the event.
Officers were able to help 5 families with a total of 15 kids shop for Christmas this year. Celina P.D. reached out to Coldwater P.D., Rockford P.D., St. Henry P.D., Ft. Recovery and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office for assistance and received the help of officers and deputies from every agency. A total of 18 officers and a dispatcher from Celina P.D. came to help. Tara Morris and Doug Johnson from Amerigas came to help as did Calvin Freeman who represented the Grand Lake Law Enforcement Association.
C.A.L.L. Pantry Pastor Tim Clutter was a crucial part of organizing the event. He is intimately familiar with the underprivileged families and children of Mercer County and was able to connect them with Celina P.D. to be a part of the event.
Everyone involved, including WalMart employees, were thrilled to be a part of the event. The families and law enforcement employees were all in high spirits. We want to thank everyone involved for the success of this event and look forward to doing this again next year.