MASON — Some lucky families in Mason, Meigs and Gallia counties were able to do some much needed Christmas shopping recently thanks to the Mason County Deputy Sheriff’s Association’s annual “Shop with a Cop” program.
In all, the program, which relies on funding from area residents across the tri-county, was able to assist 16 families which included 43 children. These families and children were treated to a night of shopping with local “cops.”
Due to some contributions made from residents and businesses in both Gallia and Meigs counties in Ohio, the Mason County Deputy Sheriff’s Association extended an invitation to law enforcement agencies in those counties to choose special families for shopping. In all, there were 13 families from Mason County selected, two families from Meigs County, Ohio and one family from Gallia County, Ohio selected to shop. In Meigs County, Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood and Deputy Charles Mansfield selected and escorted the lucky families on their shopping night.
Those in the Mason County Deputy Sheriff’s Association expressed their gratitude to all the people who volunteered to help with the program, including Kelly Fields and daughter Bailey, Jessica Greene, Sandra Terry and Diana Downing.
“These women helped us with the shopping and were a great asset to the program,” Cpl. Forrest Terry from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department said.
In addition to helping make a dream shopping trip into a reality, those in attendance said everyone had a great time and as Forrest put it, “We hope we made some new friends.”
“We are truly thankful for all the residents and businesses in Mason County that donated to our program and helped make this year’s program a success,” Forrest added.