Shoppin’ with a Sheriff on a Saturday in South Dakota
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Leaders in law enforcement took local kids Christmas shopping Saturday at the Walmart in the north side of town.
Shoppin’ with a Sheriff began around 8:30 a.m., and continued until lunchtime. Volunteers and kids headed back to Douglas High School to wrap the gifts they purchased and eat lunch, which was donated by Domino’s of Box Elder.
The effort was organized by Douglas School Resource Officer Victor Gust, Douglas School Resource Officer and Deputy Sheriff with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.
“Our big goal is to just spend some quality time with the kids,” Gust says. “A lot of times with law enforcement, we don’t always get to see the kids in a positive atmosphere, so we want to just get out, have some fun with them, interact with them on a positive note, and at the same time spread some Christmas joy with them.”
The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Box Elder Police Department, South Dakota Highway Patrol, Forest Service, National Park Service, and community volunteers all joined forces in spreading holiday spirit.
Gust says his favorite part of the day is “seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces, seeing them having fun, and getting to pick out gifts for their families.”