Saturday afternoon, a bright sunny day with a brisk wind, Waxahachie Police office officers and members of the community gathered together at Getzendaner Park for a picnic and a fun time during the now-annual Waxahachie Cops and Kids Picnic.

It was hard to tell who was having the most fun — the cops or the kids. Smiling faces, hugs and the sounds of laughing children were very prevalent during the event.

Seventy-five kiddos received bicycles that were donated by businesses and individuals in our community. Drawings were held and as Waxahachie Assistant Police Chief Joe Wiser announced the winning ticket numbers, children and parents were elated that they had been picked.

The bicycles were in all sizes to accommodate the different age groups. The joy of the winners was a heartwarming sight to see.

The event, organized by Waxahachie Police community services officer O.T. Glidewell, was a success as evidenced by the turnout. This was the second year this event was held, and several people commented that the turnout was bigger than last year.

In addition to the bicycle event, hot dogs, cotton candy, chips, and drinks were provided for everyone. The children enjoyed bounce houses, petting zoo, and other kids activities. They also enjoyed sitting in the various police vehicles.

Guila Jackson, a Waxahachie resident, was in awe of the event. Her recount of the day of community bonding was as follows:

As I made my way thru the crowd taking pictures, I asked several people if they were having a good time and every answer was a positive yes accompanied by a big smile. I did not hear one negative comment.

With so much discord between citizens and law enforcement across our nation, it was such a blessing to see this event being held. This opportunity to bring the community and the law enforcement officers who protect and serve them is an example that other communities should embrace.

The event allowed the children to be kids in a safe place and it allowed the parents to take a break from the problems many families are facing these days.

I want to thank the Waxahachie Police Department, the businesses whose donations made it possible and all the vendors who provided the children’s activities. Waxahachie businesses are always ready to contribute to these events. Thanks also go to the volunteers who helped during the event.

I am so very proud to live in such a wonderful city as Waxahachie, Texas. I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again, “I wasn’t born in Waxahachie, but I got here as fast as I could.”

I cannot wait until next year to attend such a wonderful family event.