Deputy Christina Jones, of the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, organized the Shop with a Cop program for Hardin County kids in need.
Deputy Christina Jones, of the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, organized the Shop with a Cop program for Hardin County kids in need.

KENTON - Hardin Co. Business and Professional Women's Club held its Wednesday, Nov. 28, meeting at Jolene's Cozy Cafe' at 6 p.m. President Sandy Moore welcomed six members and one guest to the meeting after the delicious dinner, pledge, and prayer.

Chairman Norma Frederick introduced Deputy Christina Jones who spoke about a new project from the office of the Hardin Co. Sheriff. She explained that this is the first year of 'Shop With a Cop' in Hardin County. This is a tool to help provide for a struggling family as well as getting children to know and trust the arm of the law.

Deputy Jones' implementation has involved several steps. She asked the schools of Hardin Co. to recommend children who are ages 5 to 10 and who are from families who have great need. The eligible child cannot have a family member who has been convicted of drug charges, and only one child from any family is chosen. She requested donations from the community which have been greatly appreciated. Each child will be allowed to spend $100 for his or her whole family.

Deputy Jones has selected 21 students who will begin their special shopping day on Dec. 15 with breakfast and later lunch donated by Jolene's Cozy Cafe'. They will go with their deputy to Walmart as this year's sponsoring store. The children will spend the morning 'Shopping With a Cop' and return to the Hardin Co. Sheriff's office where they will have lunch. The Indulgence Bakery will provide hot chocolate and cookies while the Ada FFA will serve lunch and wrap gifts with wrapping paper donated by CVS Pharmacy. Deputy Jones is grateful for Sally Crisp and the wives of Hardin Co. Deputies who have been extremely helpful as she has worked through the organizational process of this project.