Sheriff's Office Brings Holiday Cheer To Local Families

The Sheriff's office says they were able to help 110 kids at Shop With A Cop

MACHESNEY PARK - The holidays are a time to give and the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office brought some smiles to local children's faces. Their annual Shop With A Cop event helped make the holidays a bit brighter for some less affluent families.

Cops filled the aisles of the Machesney Park Meijer Saturday morning. But, not for what you would typically think. For some families, money can be tight, especially during the holidays. In the spirit of giving, local police agencies hosted Shop With A Cop, Meijer supplying gift cards to children of Harlem School District families.

"Some people may not have presents," said shopper Medjai Senter. "So, I think the officers set this up so some people could get presents for Christmas."

One of the shoppers Saturday was Cheyenne Cockrum. She says the event really spread some holiday cheer for her family.

"I appreciate them doing this," said Cockrum. "It's a real blessing to me because we're on a short budget and we didn't have a lot of money."

Each child received a $50 gift card to spend. Medjai says shopping along a police officer made for a smoother shopping trip.

"All you had to do was just pick two gifts and then you have a gift card, and the officer helps you with what you want."

Isaac Doran had not one, but two police officers help him with his mini shopping spree. He says the extra help came in handy. "They help me get lots and lots of stuff."

Organizers say it's important to build relationships between law enforcement and those they protect. Events like these help strengthen those bonds.

"They keep you safe and help you get away from bad guys," said Doran.

"It was different like I usually just see them with a straight face," said said Cockrum. "But, now I see them smiling, he gave me a hug."

The Sheriff's office says they were able to help 110 kids at Saturday's Shop With A Cop.


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