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Donations are being accepted for “Shop with a Trooper,” Kentucky State Police’s annual toy drive, and this year donations are really down from last year, officials say.
“We don’t have much money this year,” said KSP trooper Kendra Wilson, spokesperson for Post 12.
Wilson said the goal is to provide at least 100 children from needy families with a gift.
Each year troopers from each KSP post find children in need from their communities to participate in the event. After raising money for the shopping spree, troopers take the children to Walmart, where each child is allowed to select items such as clothing, shoes and a toy.
Wilson said the screening process targets children in need who otherwise probably would not receive a gift.
The cost per child is between $75 and $100, and all funds collected for the event are used specifically for children in the county where the money is collected.
Wilson said she does not know how many children the event will be able to sponsor from Post 12, which includes the counties of Shelby, Anderson, Scott, Fayette, Franklin, Woodford and Spencer.
“I just hope we can help as many children as possible this year,” she said. “Some of these kids really have such a need; one child even said all he wanted was just a pillow for his bed.”
How to donate
Make checks payable to Post 12 Shop with a Trooper and mail to Kentucky State Police, 1250 Louisville Road, Frankfort, 40601