‘Shop with a Cop’ brings cheer

From left, Mrs. Claus (Bobbie Courville), Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch, Santa Claus (Roger Courville), Lt. James Blair, and Jan Dossett, chief of police secretary, stand next to gifts they brought to families in Morgan City. (The Daily Review Photo by Zachary Fitzgerald)

By ZACHARY FITZGERALD zfitzgerald@daily-review.com

Police officers, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus brought some Christmas spirit to families in need Wednesday by delivering gifts and Christmas dinners.
“Shop with a Cop,” a program where officers give gifts to families in need, allows the community to see that police do care about them, have feelings, and are not the “bad guys,” Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch said.
The Police Department used to host the event a long time ago, and Crouch started it back this year. “Shop with a Cop” was made possible entirely through donations, he said.
“When you touch someone’s lives like we just did with these kids, when Santa got here, and they started screaming for Santa and went and hugged him. There’s no price in the world you can put on that for me,” Crouch said. “That makes me want to get up in the morning and look forward to next year for stuff like that.”
Officers delivered gifts to five families in Morgan City, which included a dinner of turkey, ham, rice dressing, and dessert.
The kids’ expressions when officers brought bicycles to them “makes you tear up when you see that,” the chief said.
“Christmas is a true gift, and that’s why I say ‘Merry Christmas.’ And I keep the Christ in Christmas,” Crouch said. “It’s not ‘Happy Holidays’ for me. It’s ‘Merry Christmas.’”
Crouch also brought his daughter with him to help bring gifts to the families. Many kids get whatever they want throughout the year and do not have to experience being disadvantaged, he said. “I wanted her to see … we’re very lucky to have what we have and to be able to do this for someone,” Crouch said.
Learning the importance of giving is a valuable lesson for his daughter, he said. “She wanted to do this, which I think is fantastic,” Crouch said.
Crouch plans to continue “Shop with a Cop,” and the event is going to get bigger with more time to plan in the coming years, he said. “This was thrown together real quick,” Crouch said.

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