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Chief Troy Tanner and the men and women of the Mesquite Police Department want to give a heartfelt thanks to the citizens, businesses, and friends of the Mesquite Police Department for their generous donations to the annual Shop with a Cop program.

All employees within the Mesquite Police Department joined together yesterday to make a joyful holiday memory in the hearts of many local youngsters. Donations enabled officers to take approximately 55 elementary age children on their very own special Christmas shopping spree. The event kicked off with Officers picking up their assigned elementary age children from Virgin Valley and Bowler Elementary Schools.

Once the children were all loaded up, officers turned on their red and blue lights and played Christmas music through their PA systems as they drove to Walmart. When they arrived Santa was there waiting to greet them. After the shopping carts were filled with toys and clothes for the child and their family members it was off to the Elks Lodge. At the Elks the children met Mr. and Mrs. Clause, received a special gift, and were served lunch by Elks members.

An emotional Chief Tanner stated “I wish all the generous people who donated to this special event could come and witness the joy on the faces of these incredible children. I could never say thank you enough to show my gratitude. Our Officers are constantly surrounded with sad, negative incidents and situations. It is so nice to have a day to focus on the amazing children of our community in such a positive and uplifting experience.  We (MPD) love this event.”

MPD would like to thank the following people, businesses, and organizations, which helped make this year’s Shop with a Cop another huge success:

David and Deborah Ballweg, Golf Fore Kids, Mesquite Elks Lodge #2811, Walmart, Mesquite Gaming LLC, Mesquite Police Officers Association, Department of Homeland Security, Scott Trimming, View On Mesquite Magazine, David & Diane Dolan, Gary Underwood, Mary Clay & Steven Allred, Catherine & Andy Barton, Robert & Barbara Hecker, Mike & Jeanine Tucker, Jan & Ken Burke, Michael & Beverly Galic, Carol Scott, Ted Armstrong, Robert and Patricia Bauer, Susan M. Rosland, Dorothy Evans, Dale & Carol Yohe, Tom Eckman, Janice & John Bentley, David & Kathleen Rusk, Howard Hartzell, Anthony & Carolyn Planick, Marion J. Starr, Stephen & Martha Dasovic, Robert & Nancy Leroux, Jerry & Jeannie Freund, Carole Blessinger, Joey & Darlene Douglas, C. Frank Adams, Charles Gruber, Barbara Ellestad, Marcus & Linda Hall, Tad Bullen, Big O Tires, M J James, David Lambert, Elizabeth Eggeman, Pat Pero-McArdle, Don Woodmancy, Frank Garner, Jan & Norm Jordahl, John & Barbara Stallone, Theodore Whittlinger, Albert E AKE POA, Karen Fielding, Marge Edwards.