Donuts for Tomball police pay forward for special program

August 25, 2018 by  

Madison Gullion, age 11, and her grandmother recently stopped by the Tomball Police Department to deliver six boxes of Shipley Donuts. Included in the surprise was a special Happy Birthday donut for Billy Tidwell, Chief of Police.

Gullion earned the money to pay for the donuts by painting her cousin’s house, helping to unload a U-Haul truck, and washing the grandfather’s car. However, the donuts were more to show her appreciation for the Shop With A Cop program.

Last Christmas she was paired with a police officer and given $300 to shop for the holidays. She and several other underprivileged kids from the Tomball Independent School District were taken to the Tomball Walmart in police cars with sirens and lights and then greeted in front of the store by Walmart employees.

Tomball Police Officer Brian Hill said the department contacts the school district to find those students who quality for the program so they can have a bit of Christmas.

Donations and grants make the program possible. Captain Rick Grassi said this is one way the department looks to build a relationship with the younger people in the community. Banners and other materials can be created by banner printing companies so that people learn more about such programs and how people in the community can help to make them possible.