Children get special escort for Rutherford County ‘Shop with a Deputy’ program

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) — About 35 children received an officer escort Saturday for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office’s Shop with a Deputy program.

The children roamed the aisles of Target on Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro, each with $200 to spend.

The only requirement was they must get items they need like shoes, clothes, gloves or a coat, first.

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Photo: WKRN

After that, they were able to choose their favorite toys.

Santa also made an appearance, much to the delight of the children.

Sheriff’s officer leaders say this is what the Christmas spirit is all about, giving back to the community.

“It’s been a pleasure walking around here seeing all the kids smiles. They go through picking up toys for themselves and the other part of it they are picking up toys for their family for members of their family. What that speaks to, that speaks to your heart,” said Deputy Chief Keith Lowery of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office raised about $5,200 at a fundraiser event at Toot’s restaurant, but News 2 is told they usually spend upwards of $7,000 to make sure the students have a merry Christmas.

“One child this morning was picking out presents for each member of his family before he was thinking about himself, and that speaks to you,” explained Deputy Lowey

He continued, “These children want to give just like everyone wants to give to them. So, that’s the spirit of Christmas, the spirit of giving, love, and hope and joy these people receive from seeing all this being able to participate in that, and that’s very heartwarming.”

The children were also treated to breakfast at the Farmers Family Restaurant.