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Law enforcement take area children on shopping trip

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Micha Baysinger and his mother Martha Canaday got a little fashion help from Brazil City Police Reserve Patrolman Eric Vanatti during the Brazil City Police Shop With A Cop program at Wal-Mart Thursday.
The yuletide spirit filled the aisles at Wal-Mart Thursday evening, as 30 children and their parents went shopping with local cops from the Brazil City Police Department and the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

"This is better than Christmas Day itself," Eric Vanatti, who was working his first day as a reserve patrolman at the BCPD, said. "Words really can't describe the wonderful feeling that I have right now. How better to start your first day on the job than to do something like this."

Micha Baysinger and his mother Martha Canaday went shopping with Vanatti and Patrolman Clint McQueen.

"This is such a wonderful program," Canaday said. "I didn't know anything about it before this year. Until this, I wasn't sure what we were going to do about Christmas. This is a Godsend."

Children ranging in ages from 18-months-15-years participated in the shopping spree. They bought necessities like winter coats, clothes and shoes, which were the first priority.

They also bought fun things like toys and electronics, as well as presents for their family members.

"This is all about the children," Police Chief Terry Harrison said. "Many officers look forward to this all year long."

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