Wolfforth, FISD cops shop with students at Target

About a half-dozen young boys went shopping with Wolfforth and Frenship Independent School District police last week.

The boys were selected from students at Bennett Elementary School to receive a $25 Target gift card as part of the “Heroes and Helpers” program once known as “Shop With A Cop.”

Wolfforth police were invited to take part in the program, and each donated $15 toward the effort so the total gift card was worth more than $50. But Wolfforth has a small force, with not enough off-duty officers to escort each child, so Officer Jackie De La Garza said she invited FISD officers to come along.

One boy told an FISD officer that it was the best day of his life. Another used the money to buy silverware for his mother because they didn’t have any, said Officer Scott Prothro.

Prothro shopped with a 10-year-old boy who deliberated over every dollar on his gift card, trying to get the maximum value on gifts for his family.

“He thinks it through, doesn’t he?” Prothro said quietly as he watched the boy head up and down the aisles, anxious over his purchases.

Although the officer intervened to tell him he didn’t really think his sisters would appreciate the video game “Grand Theft Auto” as a Christmas present, he let the boy make most of the shopping decisions.

Ultimately the 10-year-old picked out two family-friendly games for his family to share, and then went down the dollar aisles to pick up stocking-stuffers for the family.

At the checkout counter, the boy was surprised to find out that he got to keep a puzzle attached to his gift card.

When he first picked up a family game, he said he thought he might not have it wrapped because he wanted his family to enjoy it right away. But he later decided to take advantage of the free gift wrapping offered by Target associates.

David Munoz, executive team leader of assets protection at Target, said Target partners with law enforcement across the country to provide shopping trips for children whose families might not get much during the holidays.

Target provides $200,000 worth of gift cards in 200 communities, he said.

Seeing the children show up and take part in the shopping trip was “amazing,” Munoz said.

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