Milan police along with other agencies put children in the holiday spirit with their 12th annual "Shop with a Cop" event.
About 30 officers paired up with one family each and escorted them through the Jefferson Avenue store.
Each child received a $150 Target gift card to be spent on whatever they wanted. "This is done completely by donations from individuals and businesses".
The idea is pretty simple underprivileged kids in the community get to choose some of their gifts while on a holiday shopping spree with some of Great Falls finest. The kids then wandered the aisles with an officer, picking out gifts for themselves and their family.
Howie worked with the Cathlamet-based STAR program to find ten low-income kids to participate.
Shop with a Cop is over, but KCSO said it still has its Adopt-A-Kid Christmas tree at its headquarters facility on Norris Road, where anyone is invited to select a child off the tree and make their Christmas wish come true.
"The older guys are more skeptical" about the program, Reed said. "I got them some good stuff". "At school, the social worker told me about it".
Matty Jeff with WGNA helped host the shop with a cop event today and explains how the event not only brightens a few kids Christmas but also helps officers create a bond with these kids. She likes to sew things on top of other things.
Some of the children were nervous about spending time with a police officer, according to Judith Franco of the Vacaville Police Department. Several years ago, they suffered a devastating fire just weeks before Christmas.
"This is probably one of the most rewarding events that the city participates in at Christmas time", Barton said.