Officers Give Back

Officers Give Back
Naperville’s Shop With A Cop
NCTV17’s Ashley Vroman Reports
For the Week of 12/21/14

This Christmas season, local police officers are giving back to the community by taking children in need on a holiday shopping spree to Target.

Officer Vince Clark was on the scene to get some shopping done. “I think it’s shocking at first [shopping] with a policeman, but then when they realize we are just like them and we are here to help them, and it’s not always arresting bad guys and stuff.”

Naperville’s fourth annual Shop With a Cop event has helped more children than ever this year. Eight kids and one teen did their Christmas shopping alongside police officers. Some chose to use their $150 allowance on gifts for family members.

“It’s heartwarming when the kids think about others before themselves. But don’t get me wrong there’s a lot of toys in some of these carts,” said Clark.

The event was made possible through fundraising but some officers took out their own wallets to help buy extra gifts. Overall, the policemen and women spent about $1,600 making this season brighter for the nine families.

The Fraternal Order of Police will continue fundraising for next year’s event. For more information visit Napervillefop.com.

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