Master Trooper Joe Veeneman
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 8, Morehead
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KSP Post 8 Shop with a Trooper
Date of News Release: 12/21/2011
(Morehead, Ky.) -- On December 15, 2011 Santa Claus (CVE Sgt. John Kearns) and his joyous Elf (KSP Dispatcher Supervisor, Joyce Waddle) were greeted by 29 young children and their family members at the Rowan County Health Department during the 2011 "Shop with a Trooper" festivities. Ms. Heather Anderson and her staff were gracious enough to open their doors to these delightful children and their families. With everyone singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and "Jingle Bells", the Christmas duo entered the room. On hand to greet them were Troopers of the Kentucky State Police and Officers of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement. The stage is set for the children to express their Christmas wishes and to make new KSP friends. For each child, this was their first time to participate with the program. Each one stood patiently in line to have a visit with Santa as they checked to confirm their name on the posted "naughty or nice list". Their joyous facial expressions left no doubt of a wonderful evening yet to be. When the children completed their greetings, they received a small gift from Santa and his elf, and were paired with one of the uniformed KSP officers. The spirit of Christmas filled the room. With new found friendship in place, the activities moved on to the Dairy Queen near the Morehead University, where the children were treated to a special meal donated by Mr. Perry Prather and his daughter Misty Reed. The staff of the Dairy Queen were hustling and bustling all about, ensuring each child was well received. During the evening meal, Captain Murray presented a plaque to Perry and Misty for their unswerving charitable contribution to the children of "Shop with a Trooper." Afterwards, with his belly shaking like a bowl of jelly, Santa and his entourage headed to Walmart where they were greated by the general manager, Scott Napier and his staff. Mr. Napier was also presented a plaque by Captain Murray for Walmart's endless support of the Kentucky State Police. The Walmart staff greeted the young shoppers and their KSP escorts with smiles and heartfelt appreciation. At the conclusion of their shopping, with the children embracing their well deserved gifts, a final reflection of the evening took place. It was evident that from everyone's expressed "Merry Christmas" to all, to a child's hug of a new friend, the true meaning of "good will towards men" was sincerely met.