Jasper Police Officer David Julian enjoyed his time with 4-year-old Alecxander. The duo played shopping cart bumper cars with other kids, laughed a lot and picked out clothes and toys. One of the more unique things he picked out was a deck of UNO cards.
“That’s what he wanted,” Julian said as he loaded all of Alecxander’s new clothes and toys onto the checkout conveyor belt.
The little boy pointed to them. “I like UNO,” he said with a wide grin on his face.
Julian was happy to be a part of the event a second year, having been a participant in a similar program years ago, near Indianapolis.
“I shopped with a cop when I was a kid,” he said. “So to able to do it now, on the other side, is very rewarding.”
It had a lasting impact on him.
“I remember trying on the clothes. Back then, you had to actually try on the clothes,” he said. “I don’t remember what I got, but I remember it being a really fun experience.”