The SWAT program helps children within the Post 8 area who otherwise may not have a chance to enjoy Christmas.
Morehead, Ky. (January 9, 2019) On December 13, 2018, and December 19, 2018, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 8 hosted their annual Shop With A Trooper Program (SWAT). The SWAT program helps children within the Post 8 area who otherwise may not have a chance to enjoy Christmas. The event started with a meal donated by Fazoli’s of Morehead and BoJangles, served at the Rowan County Public Library. Prior to eating, all children were given the opportunity to meet and take a photograph with Santa Claus. After the meal, the children were treated to a shopping spree at the Morehead Wal-Mart and each family was given a ham for Christmas dinner. This year, Kentucky State Police Post 8 was able to host a record number of shoppers with a total of 175 for both nights of the program. Each child was given a total of $150.00, which $100.00 was spent on clothing items and $50.00 was spent on games/toys. Post 8 would like to thank all the volunteers as well as the following agencies that assisted with shopping with the children: Kentucky State Police Post 8 Troopers and families, Kentucky State Police Cadet Class 97, Mountain Telephone, U.S. Forest Service, Morehead Young Professionals Association, Department of Corrections, Morehead Optimist Club, Woodsmen of the World (West Liberty Chapter) and several church members. After the conclusion of the program we were able to purchase games/toys for 32 children in Menifee County for their annual Christmas Event and 50 food bags for the elderly in the Post 8 area. A special thank you goes to Fazoli’s, BoJangles, the Rowan County Public Library and Wal-mart.