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Holiday tradition continues with Midwest City’s Shop with a Cop

Midwest City police officer Bryan Kelly helps a boy look for toys during the Midwest City Shop with a Cop event Sunday morning at Walmart in Midwest City. Photo by Jeff Harrison

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

Christmas came early this year for some local children.

The Midwest City Police Department last Sunday held their annual Shop with a Cop event at Walmart in Midwest City.

Children were paired with a police officer or department staff and treated to a $100 Walmart shopping spree.

The group included 51 children and about 30 police department employees. Many of the volunteers brought family members to help shop. The event provides the opportunity for children to see police officers in a positive light, and for officers to see the impact it has on children.

“I love the camaraderie with the officers and the children and their families,” said Chief Sid Porter. “Christmas is a time of giving and thinking of others. It’s important to show kindness and compassion to those who are less fortunate. And just seeing the smiling faces is so much fun.”

Family is an important element of the program, Porter said. Many of the children come with siblings and a parent or guardian to the event. And officers and employees are encouraged to bring their families as well.

Lindsay Nowlin volunteers during Midwest City’s Shop with a Cop last Sunday. Photo by Jeff Harrison

“We don’t want the brothers or sisters to feel left out. We want to be a family event,” Porter said.

Lt. Matt Clawson was among the officers that brought family members to the event. He said he enjoyed sharing the experience with his wife and two young daughters.

“Christmas is about helping others in the community.  I think this really takes our focus off ourselves and puts it back on helping others,” he said. “We focus Christmas on Jesus Christ and his birth and what he did for all of us by dying on a cross. And this is something small that we can do to give back to other people.”

The program is largely funded by Walmart’s local charity program. The Midwest City Police Department also collects donations for the program throughout the year.

Since its inception, the program has assisted nearly 1,200 children in Midwest City. Local schools, neighborhood associations and other social service agencies help select children to participate in the event. The children also received snacks and drinks provided by Walmart.

The Midwest City Shop with a Cop program started in 1997. Former Chief Brandon Clabes, who was an assistant chief at the time, heard about other similar Christmas programs for children and wanted to start one in Midwest City. Walmart quickly stepped in to help with the first event. And the partnership has continued ever since.

“We were the original Shop with a Cop program and Walmart has done an excellent job helping us,” Porter said.

Maj. Josh Herren helps children pick out toys during the Midwest City Shop with a Cop event Sunday morning at Walmart in Midwest City. Photo by Jeff Harrison

Robert Winters Jr. helps a boy during Midwest City Police Department’s Shop with a Cop last Sunday at Walmart. Photo by Jeff Harrison


  1. Alicia Clark on November 1, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    I am needing help with Christmas this year for my kids. I’m not sure where to start. Thank you for your time

  2. Chasity Walker on November 10, 2022 at 5:42 am

    I am. a single mother and im raising my 2 grandsons whom mother is in prison and I have no idea who or where their fathers are…i really need some help getting them things for Christmas my daughter was signed up 3 years away after being home with me in a emergency and i flat lined the responding office at union city stepped up that year and sponsored my daughter whom at the time was 8yrs old to the walmart shopping with the cops but was unable to take her because I was still in the hospital… We have over came alot and im now facing the hardship of raising my 2 grandsons and having to share my means between the 3 kids is hard when i only have 1 job and pay all the bills by myself and food cost is so high i just need to make this a Christmas they will never forget…please help me make this a gift to remember for the three heartbeats that I love so much. 678-732 6224 my name is Chasity Walker thank you in advance

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