The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Top News

December 10, 2012

Comfort and joy spread through ‘Shop with a Cop’

CLINTON — Saturday might have been the best day of JoEllen Weimerskirch's life, the 6-year-old Charlotte resident said. 

She spent the morning shopping, wrapping presents, meeting Santa and having fun with 25 police officers and volunteers as part of the annual Shop with a Cop event.  

The event, which is organized by the Clinton Citizens Police Academy Alumni, is in its fifth year. This year, 27 children were given $100 gift cards each to spend on Christmas presents for family members and themselves at either Walmart or Target while being accompanied by police officers from Clinton, Camanche, Fulton, Ill., Clinton County or a volunteer with the CCPA.  

“The biggest reason to do this is to watch the joy of the kids,” CPAA member Connie Brashaw said.  “To see their smiles is worth it all.”

Children were selected by Clinton police officer Shane Haskell, who is the school resource officer at Washington Middle School. He has been involved in the event for three years with similar motives as Brashaw.  

“We do it to make Christmas brighter for the community,” Haskell said. “It's the true meaning of Christmas to see a child smile.”

Clinging to her new doll, “Ella,” Weimerskirch helped volunteer Lisa Millman wrap the presents she had purchased for her brothers and parents.

“This doll is my whole life,” she said as she combed Ella's shiny blonde hair.

Millman has been volunteering for the event for three years. She teared up looking at Weimerskirch smiling.

“She was kissing the box the whole ride here,” Millman said. “This is my favorite day of the whole year.”

The event is possible because of donations received by various community groups.  This year children from Clinton along with one each from Fulton, Camanche and Clinton County are selected depending on how much money is available.  Last year 21 children shopped with a cop, including some from DeWitt.  However, because of growth in the program, DeWitt was able to sponsor its own event.  

Children and law enforcement filled the aisles of Target and Walmart on Saturday morning searching for gifts on their wishlists.  

A pair of brightly colored knee-high tennis shoes made their way home with 7-year-old Amelia Gomez, of Clinton. Her shopping buddy, Clinton police officer Dean Ottens, showed off the eye-catching footwear to the rest of the group while they enjoyed treats in Target.  

“I've done the event before and every time it's wonderful,” Ottens said.

After purchasing their items, the group headed back to Bluff Elementary School for present wrapping, pizza eating and visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Tyreke Foster, 8, of Clinton, and his partner, Clinton police officer Dan Sager, wrapped the action figures and other presents Foster purchased for his family members.

“This is the best Christmas of my life,” Foster said.

1
Text Only
Top News
  • Celebrity quack moms are a terrible influence on everyday parents

    On April 15, the actress Alicia Silverstone released a book called "The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning." It's chock-full of attachment parenting lessons and dangerous misinformation.

    April 24, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg What will happen in NFL draft? No one really knows

    Despite the hours spent interviewing coaches, watching film and developing well-reasoned mock draft lists, the truth about the 2014 NFL draft remains a mystery, well-guarded by teams that have nothing to gain by publicly sharing their innermost thoughts.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • American sunscreens need an upgrade

    The last time a new sunscreen ingredient came on the U.S. market, the Y2K bug was threatening to destroy our way of life. Intel had just introduced the Pentium III processor, featuring an amazing 500 MHz of computing power.

    April 24, 2014

  • 20140424-AMX-COFFEE24.jpg Coffee growers' prayers for rain met with threat of deluge

    Brazil's drought made arabica coffee this year's best-performing commodity. Now, farmers are facing a downpour that is once more threatening crops.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Iowa man accused of torturing, killing bald eagle

    An Iowa man has been charged with torturing and killing a bald eagle.

    A federal grand jury in Des Moines returned an indictment Wednesday against Jason John Thomas.

    April 24, 2014

  • Affirmative action ruling challenges colleges seeking diversity

    The U.S. Supreme Court's support of Michigan's ban on race-based affirmative action in university admissions may spur colleges to find new ways to achieve diversity without using racial preferences.

    April 24, 2014

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-23-14 Northey Burkens committed to ag education CLINTON -- As the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey said his department doesn't hand out the Good Farm Neighbor Award arbitrarily. Only 10 acknowledgements are bestowed each year. On Wednesday, the honor went to a worthy family in Clinton C

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • World Book Night 1 Clinton Public Library hosts largest World Book Night event in the country

    CLINTON -- With more than 21 titles and 800 copies to give away, what reader wouldn't adore an event like World Book Night? Organizers at the Clinton Public Library wondered the same Wednesday, and were pleased with turnout for the third annual event

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Amid Russian warning, Ukraine's in a security bind

    Ukraine's highly publicized goal to recapture police stations and government buildings seized by pro-Russia forces in the east produced little action on the ground Wednesday but ignited foreboding words from Moscow.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that Russia would mount a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine. Although he did not specifically say Russia would launch a military attack, his comments bolstered wide concern that Russia could use any violence in eastern Ukraine as a pretext for sending in troops.

    April 23, 2014

AP Video