SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – It is the season of giving, and one police department spent the day giving to children in their area.
It was the second annual “Shop with SWAT” event for the Sevierville Police Department, and it ended with a unique event for the kids.
“We went to shopping at Walmart first, and then we bought a bunch of clothes and shoes, and then we went to Tanger Outlet to go get some more stuff,” said sixth grade student Jaelynn Aleman.
Sevierville police say it is a simple way of giving back to kids in the area.
Nine children got to go shopping Thursday, each of them chosen from area schools by the school resource officers and principals.
“We like to do it because we want the kids to know that we are here for them as friends if they need us. We want to be there for them in their time of need,” said Officer Michael Maddron.
Thanks to donations brought in by people and businesses each child got to spend $165 and was treated to lunch.
“I bought a pair of boots, some socks, a shirt, a pair of pants and some other stuff I can’t remember,” said Jaelynn.
The exciting part for many of them was after they went shopping and out to eat at Logan’s Roadhouse. The officers brought the kids back to a sub-station to let them try on some of their gear and go through a training exercise.
Using the police gear and airsoft guns, they taught the kids how they train for their jobs.
“It was awesome. I had a bunch of fun and the suit was heavy!” said Jaelynn.
“I think it’s great that our chief, and that our swat commander, and the public has been so good with helping with donations. You know, it’s been great. It’s been a great experience,” said Maddron.