‘Shop With a Cop’ Spreads Christmas Cheer in Kids, Officers
SARTELL -- Local kids got a chance to go Christmas shopping with a police officer Tuesday in Sartell.
The Shop With a Cop program gives less-fortunate kids a $50 gift card and a member of local law enforcement to help them pick out gifts to buy.
"The officers actually select [the kids]," says Rose Seanger, Personnel Manager at the Sartell Wal-Mart. "The police are liaisons in the school, so they get to see these kids every day so they know who may or may not have that Christmas."
About 14 off-duty police officers from the Sartell and Sauk Rapids police departments volunteered their time to take part in the shopping spree.
"They've done it for so many years that I think they think about it all year long," Seanger says. "So when the Shop With a Cop program comes along they know who to pick."
Seanger has been a part of the program in each of its 15 years and says it's been a heartwarming experience.
"Christmas has always been about helping someone else out," Seanger says. "You see the kids out there shopping and sometimes they're not even looking for things for themselves -- what's important to them is they're getting [their] mom and dad something for Christmas."