Kids shop with a cop for Christmas

Police officers helped children find the Christmas presents. (WLUK/Jessie Basinski)

ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) --Several area police departments were on hand at Green Bay area Shopko stores Saturday.

But the only emergency was helping kids pick out presents for their families.

For the 23rd year police officers from various departments in Northeast Wisconsin drove a shopping cart through the aisles of area ShopKo Stores. Their partners on this mission--area kids selected to "Shop with a Cop."

"It's interesting, actually kind of cool to actually meet a cop," said Caden Lovergeo.

More than 170 children participated this year. Each was alloted a designated amount of money to spend on gifts for their family members and themselves.

"We bought some stuff for my mom and dad," said Moises Alzazar.

"I got my sister a creepy doll, a creepy barbie doll... pretty creepy to touch," said Cashton Chargingeagle.

While shopping isn't always easy, organizers say the festive occasion made any uneasiness disappear.

"Everybody is excited they get in the holiday spirit they're shopping for their families. It's just an incredible day," said Michelle Hansen, ShopKo Foundation public relations manager.

For more than an hour, cops could be seen around every corner in several area stores. They were all doing their part to help make Christmas for those less fortunate a little brighter. The cops also received some rewards from this adventure.

"We really enjoyed it, enjoyed interacting with the kids and getting to know them a little bit all and all I think it was a successful morning," said Chris Sands, Ashwaubenon Public Safety officer.

"This is what Christmas is all about, you know Christmas can be really difficult on families so for the cops to partner with these kids it promotes good relationships and it also helps the families during the holidays," Hansen said. "It's a wonderful program."

ShopKo and several other area businesses sponsor the "Shop with a Cop" program. Law enforcement departments that participated include Green Bay Police, Brown County Sheriff's Office, Ashwaubenon Public Safety, De pere Police, Oneida Police, Hobart/Lawrence Police, Pulaski Police, Seymour Police, UWGB Police and Wrightstown Police.

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