Indiana State Troopers help kids check off Christmas lists

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (December 5, 2015) - Indiana State Troopers helped kids check off some items on their Christmas list Saturday.

140 kids and their families took part in the Christmas for Kids Shop with a Cop event at Walmart.  Each child had $125 to spend on clothes and toys.

The program is sponsored by the Trooper Bartram Memorial Foundation and Helping Hands for Freedom.

Both families and troopers say they look forward to the shopping trip each year.

“Most of these guys are volunteering. They’re off on weekends, a lot of them, they’ve switched their shifts around and took trade day or comp day to come here and volunteer," said ISP Trooper Patrick Etter.

In total, about $15,000 is spent each year. The money is raised from the department's annual Trooper Bartram Memorial Foundation Motorcycle ride each summer.

The event honors Senior Trooper James Patrick Bartram who died on March 31, 1998 in a traffic accident while on duty.

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