The holiday spirit filled the air at the Naperville Target store Thursday evening when more than 50 kids went on a shopping spree with Naperville police officers who footed the bill.
Sixty kids from Elliott, McPhee and Everett elementary schools were chosen by their teachers on a need basis to participate in the event. "It's very humbling", said Officer Jeff Kostedt, with the Farmington Police Department.
Each child was provided with $100 to buy presents for family members. He wasn't used to getting gifts for so many of his family members.
"It's been a tough year", Rincon Flores said.More news: Signature Estate & Investment Advisors LLC Increases Stake in Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT)
Today was one of the two days this year the Great Falls Police Protective Association held shop with a cop.
Blair police officer Josh Hatheway helps a family check out Tuesday during Shop With A Cop at Walmart.
"A lot of them have never really talked to officers", said Lt. Sales. "Especially to see how happy they are because of the program".
Honholt added that it's also because of the kind hearts of the officers, and the residents that we serve that so many children will have a Christmas this year that otherwise would not. Troopers told Newswatch 16 that it was about building relationships.More news: Has $724000 Position in AbbVie Inc (ABBV)
Shop With a Cop Coordinator Lora Henson said this was another successful year for the program.
This year was a milestone for the Shop With a Cop program. The smiles on the kid's faces made this event a complete success.
"It's a good event", Rincon Flores said while she waited for Yosselin to finish wrapping her gifts. "And I know there are other families in the same boat".More news: Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael Dos Anjos Full Fight Video Highlights: RDA Dominates