Tammy Moore Teague
On Saturday, December 8, multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, accompanied 200 children to Walmart Store #141, on Rogers Avenue.
“Today was about children and Christmas,” said SCSO deputy Mike Burcham. “This event is for children to shop for toys for themselves but many chose to buy socks, Guinea Pig food, items for school and many wanted to buy for others. We often had to steer them back to putting the focus on themselves for the event or they would have left with something for everyone but themselves.”
Members of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 39 work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that these children, who are referred by elementary schools throughout the county, have a Christmas. Almost every law enforcement agency in the county participated in this event. Additionally, the Kiwanis Noon Club of Fort Smith grilled hot dogs and made sure no one left hungry.
“I am thankful that Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Kevin Nickson and our Sheriff-elect Hobe Runion keep our participation a priority in this annual event. I’m also thankful for the very hard work by Kris Deason and Barbi Whittaker Williams and the Fort Smith FOP who work year round to raise funds to make this event memorable for all the children and their families,” added Bucham.
Donations can be mailed to FOP Lodge No. 39, Fort Smith Police Department, 100 S. 10th St., Fort Smith, AR 72901 (specify “Cops and Kids at Christmas” with the donation), or the donations can be dropped off at the Police Department.