'Smiles on the kids' faces makes it all worth it'

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A Whiteland girl looked at her shopping basket full of clothes, toys and a purse shaped like a dog and smiled.

“It’s going to be up to here,” Peighton Shirley, 6, said, putting her hand a foot above the pile of items in the cart.

Peighton Shirley picked out the clothes and toys Saturday at the Johnson County Fraternal Order of Police’s annual Shop With a Cop event. Without the event, Peighton’s mother said her daughter and 12-year-old son would not have received much for Christmas

Trisha Shirley said she and her son both had to have surgery this year, which has racked up high medical bills for her family, and her own surgery has prevented her from returning to work.

Though Trisha Shirley would have been able to buy a few presents for her children this year, she said she could not afford the cartloads they received at Shop With a Cop.

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