Full Service Westside

Last December, the West Liberty Police Department (WLPD) joined the many departments nationwide who participate in Shop with a Cop to help children in need. This year, thanks to many generous donations, the WLPD expanded their program to help twice as many children.
When WLPD Chief Kary Kinmonth first joined Shop with a Cop in 2017, he and his officers raised enough money to take ten children shopping. Impressed by their initial success, the WLPD set a goal of increasing the number of children they helped this year to fifteen. After announcing their goal, many individuals and businesses in West Liberty and Muscatine County stepped up to help them. According to Kinmonth, Walmart of Muscatine gave them their single biggest donation, a grant of $2,500. The West Liberty Rotary Club also donated $450. Hy-Vee of Muscatine and Casey’s Gas Station provided in kind donations of $25 gift cards and pizza coupons respectively to add to participating children’s holiday hauls. Many community residents also made monetary donations to further support the event. Kinmonth felt amazed by the outpouring of community support and joked his department, “hardly had to solicit donations. If this was fundraising, I would do it all year!”
Between all their donors, the WLPD raised $6,000, which each of this year’s sponsored children will receive as $250 to spend while shopping with their cop, and $50 worth of gift cards and coupons their families can use later. The WLPD prides itself on giving the children who take part in Shop with a Cop a significant amount of money to make a sincere difference for them during the holidays. As Kinmonth put it, the WLPD wants to help, “good kids and good families who need a little boost around the holidays,” as much as they can.
This year, the WLPD took its twenty Shop with a Cop kids to Walmart of Muscatine on Wednesday, December 5th. The officers, along with several high school volunteers, picked the children up at the beginning of the school day and drove them to Muscatine in a minibus lent to them courtesy of Ron Alpen Ford. The group arrived at Walmart around 10:00 am, which gave the children around an hour and a half to shop. As always, Kinmonth marveled at the wise choices the children made, choosing hats coats, and shoes for themselves, as well as some new toys to play with too. Once everyone checked out, the group had a pizza party at Pizza Ranch. After lunch, the cops and the kids made the trip back to West Liberty in time for students to make their busses home for the day.
The WLPD officers thoroughly enjoyed the outing and felt pleased they had helped so many children. Kinmonth summed it up best. “I [never] have an officer who isn’t there–they all want to volunteer. . . . It’s the best thing we do all year . . . . If you’re not in the holiday spirit after this, nothing will help you.”

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