It may not have been Santa and his sleigh, but a police cruiser and a cop served the same purpose for 51 children. The homeless shelter and the police union worked together to provide a fun Christmas shopping spree for children from the Open Door Mission. This is the eighth year for the outing.
Each child received a gift card in the amount of $150.00 to be spent at specified Wal-Mart stores. The money was from the Wal-Mart Foundation and funds raised by the police softball tournament. The children were paired with officers who used their free time or vacation time for the event. They went to the store together where they hit the toy aisle as well as the clothing department. Selections were as common as Hot Wheels, action figures, and transformers to the underwear and socks most moms would pick.
The evening was not over once the shopping was done. Upon leaving the store, a cruiser with flashing lights and sirens was waiting to take the children to the police union for pizza donated by Orsi's Italian Bakery.