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Kids to ‘Shop with a Cop’ Sunday
Kids to ‘Shop with a Cop’ Sunday

About 79 kids will get to spend the day shopping, wrapping with officers

Area families who may not have the finances for Christmas gifts will get to share in the season through a program organized by area police officers.

Dane County area police departments will pair officers with kids for the annual “Shop with a Cop” program on Sunday.

Each year, children from families in need are chosen to participate in the event. Each child receives $150 -- collected through private and corporate donations -- to buy gifts for his or her family. The shopping spree will take place at the East Side Target, organizers said.

Detective Kathy Wessel with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said about 79 kids are participating in the event Sunday. She said the little shoppers enjoy taking part in the giving season.

“They get a kick out of shopping for their families and picking out presents for brothers, sisters, mom and dad,” Wessel said.

The young shoppers pick out gifts for family members and something for themselves. After the shopping trip, police officers help the kids gift wrap their selections.

Officer James Reiter with the Monona Police Department said he is tasked with notifying the families that they’ve been chosen to shop with a cop this season.

Officers from, Madison, UW-Madison, Monona, Middleton, Oregon, Waunakee police departments plus deputies from the Dane County Sheriff's Office will take part in the shopping spree.

The Shop with a Cop program allows those families who may not have many resources to get gifts to share in the spirit of giving. Reiter said there’s one thing that Shop with a Cop gives kids that can’t be put under the tree.

“The expressions on their faces are something that you can never give,” Reiter said.

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