LOGAN — Law enforcement officers from around the area came together Saturday morning, treating some local boys and girls to a Christmas shopping spree. The annual “Shop with a Cop,” gave 54 children the chance to choose presents for themselves and families, with the help of officers, deputies, troopers, and volunteers.
North Park Police Chief Kim Hawkes has participated in the event for 23-years and was the lead-organizer this year.
“It’s always been that great opportunity for us to be able to look into the community and invite kids to come and join us,” said Hawkes. “We do fundraising, local businesses step up to make donations, and citizens really make it possible for us to bring these kids in, and be able to shop with us.”
The kids who were chosen this year were invited to the Cache County Sheriff’s Office, where they were first partnered with a member of law enforcement. They then had a chance to eat breakfast together, complete with scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage and hash browns, provided by jail staff.
Hawkes said, he noticed the kids really starting to open up, as they got to know the law enforcement member they were going to shop with.
“I met them [the kids] at the door as they walked in and some of them were really hesitant and shy. But when we got them upstairs and they were able to meet the officers and start to color, ask questions, talk and then eat breakfast. They came out of their shell, and were just pumped to be able to be here. You know, it’s what the season is all about really.”
After breakfast, the kids were chauffeured to the North Logan Walmart in a full police procession with lights and sirens. During the ride, many of the kids were heard using the officer’s loud speaker.
At the store, Santa Clause made an appearance, riding in a firetruck from the North Logan Fire Department. The kids were then given a gift card with $134 on it, to buy presents. After purchasing their gifts, volunteers helped with gift wrapping.
This year a new store had to be found after Kmart, who had previously hosted the event for years, closed last April. Hawkes said he appreciated the staff at Walmart who were very cooperative in helping the event continue.
“They have just been really generous in helping us organize, coordinate and provide the man power. They have donated all wrapping materials and things that Santa could give.”
In addition to every law enforcement agency in Cache and Franklin counties participating, the Division of Child and Family Services helped select the children.
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