Seligman police raise $4,000 for Shop With a Cop program

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

18 Seligman children pick out Christmas gifts at Cassville Walmart

The Seligman Police Department raised $4,035 for the Shop With a Cop program, allowing 18 Seligman children to pick out their Christmas gifts Sunday afternoon at the Cassville Walmart.

"This is our biggest year as far as the number of kids we were able to take and the amount we were able to spend on each child," said Police Chief Terry Burgess.

The Police Department has done the program for about four years, Burgess said. It received more than 50 applications, narrowing that number to 18. Each child chose about $215 worth of gifts, and the proceeds also paid for the children's lunches.

"Obviously, I'm excited to get to go out and take kids that may or may not have a great Christmas and give them an opportunity to pick their own gifts and know that the Department cares about them," he said.

Joe Arnold, who has been a part-time Seligman police officer for six months, said this was his first time doing the Shop With a Cop.

"I didn't know what to expect at first, but it has turned out real well," Arnold said.

The children seemed nervous at first until they realized they could pick out anything they wanted, he said.

"So, getting to see that was pretty awesome," Arnold said.

Cory Zeigler, who helped his 4-year-old daughter, Summer Zeigler, pick out gifts at the Walmart, said he got to do something similar when he was a child.

"She has been looking forward to it for a few days now since we found out [Thursday]," he said. "Our neighbor and somebody else applied for us."

Cory and Summer Zeigler have had a tough time since his daughter's mom, Brittney Morrison, died Nov. 11, Cory Zeigler said. Zeigler said the Shop With a Cop event allowed his daughter to keep her mind off things.

Summer Zeigler was smiling and laughing when she picked out a Disney princess bike, a pink princess kitty helmet, a Frozen bouncy ball, stuffed animals and a winter coat.

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