From the New Lenox Police Department:
The New Lenox Police Department sponsored a holiday Cops Care event Saturday.
Along with the Morning Star Mission and Kmart, the second annual Shop with a Cop event was held and was a huge success.
Various social service agencies in the community refer local children to the program. The officers, cadets and employees of the Police Department donate their time to assist the children on a Christmas shopping spree.
This year more than 50 children, ranging in age from 6 to 13, were able to enjoy the fun filled day.
The event kicked off with a parade led by the police department to the New Lenox Kmart and was followed by a visit with Santa. The officers then assisted the children with their purchases.
Once the shopping was complete, everyone returned to New Lenox Village Hall for a pizza party and to wrap of gifts.
Officers and employees of the Police Department conducted a year-long fundraiser to collect additional funds for this event. This year the donations were used to purchase gift certificates for a Christmas dinner for each family.