Cops N’ Kids helps bring Christmas presents to families in need
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Law enforcement officers were at Target in Rushmore Crossing for the third annual Cops N’ Kids event.
The event revolved around kids and their families needing an extra hand this holiday season. Police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and other law enforcement helped kids pick a present for themselves and a present for each member of their family. Cops N’ Kids raises funds before the holidays and from there the funds go towards a child and their family.
“Local kids in the community, they get a chance to go shopping for Christmas for their family and the officer goes a long with them to help them shop for their families,”said Dustin Calhoun President for Black Hills Badges for Hope. “You know, help them with a little bit of math maybe or help them pick out the right gift for whoever in their family that might need a gift.”
Not only is it a rewarding experience for the child, but it is a time for the kids to learn about giving to others. They have the opportunity to walk around the store with an officer and decide which present is best for each family member. Fifty-seven kids on Saturday, and a total of one-hundred and one kids including Friday’s event were able to grant Christmas wishes and officers were able to make the kids’ wishes come true as well.
Captain John Olson said “You know, police work can be really negative a lot and this is just a huge positive event. But just to be able to show up and volunteer to all the officers in law enforcement to show up and volunteer just to take kids shopping. That’s all we are doing, we are happy to do it and its really fun.”
Tuesday the 17th law enforcement will be hosting another Cops N’ Kids event in Spearfish.