Click to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone speak with Police Chief Jason Lockridge:

Jason Lockridge

A fundraiser event is scheduled in Smithville next week that will support a longstanding program in the community.  “The silent auction and fundraiser will be held at the Smithville Senior Center which is right next door to city hall,” said Lockridge, “This will include food from a local barbecue establishment and then the auction.”

Lockridge explained how the Shop with a Cop program works.  “All the children come from the Smithville School District,” said Lockridge, “We work closely with the counselors in the district and they recommend the children and these are families they see year in and year out and they know these families’ needs.  We raise funds throughout the year and then, shortly before Christmas, the kids and officers load up on a bus and we spend two to three hours taking them shopping.  They will buy things for themselves, but also hats, coats, and gloves.”

The fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th and donations are still being accepted for the silent auction.  If you’d like to help, you’re asked to deliver donations to Smithville City Hall or call 816-532-3897 for questions.