The Grayslake Police Department will be hosting Shop With A Cop at Target in Gurnee on December 7, 2013. Prior to shopping the kids will meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their Elf.
If you happen to be out in the early hours of Saturday finishing up some holiday errands at Target, do not be alarmed by the large amount of police officers there shopping with kids. Shop With A Cop program has been around for many years. Multiple police departments throughout the country participate in Shop With A Cop.
The program is run through donations and allows law enforcement to team up with underprivileged youth during the holidays to bring some holiday cheer. The police departments work with social workers and schools in their community to connect the agency with families in need. The kids are given $100.00 and teamed up with a police officer to shop for their family’s holiday. I have participated in Shop With A Cop for several years and have had the opportunity to work with different police departments. Every time I have shopped with a child for the holidays I have seen universal enthusiasm and excitement at selecting presents for their family. The child comes with a shopping list of gift ideas for each family member, including the family pet. I have watched their face light up as they find more gifts they know their sibling or parent would enjoy. It never fails with each shopping excursion that I have reminded the child to pick out a present for them as well. After the kids shop their presents are wrapped by volunteers to take home ready for the family’s holiday celebration.
Shop With A Cop is accomplished through generous donations and completely by volunteers. The police officers, their family, and members of the community contribute their time to help out local families in need.
Some Lake County police departments that participate in Shop With A Cop are;
Grayslake Police Department, December 7, 2013. Target Gurnee. Donations can be made to the Lyons Club of Grayslake (checks would have to be made out to the Lyons Club not the Grayslake Police Department) and either be mailed to the Lyons Club or dropped off at the Grayslake Police Department. For further information contact Grayslake Police Commander Jeff Myhra or Grayslake Community Service Officer Karen Abbott: (847) 223-2341
Mundelein Police Department, December 14, 2013 7:00 a.m. Target Mundelein. Donations can be dropped off at Mundelein Police Department in the form of a Target Gift Card. Contact Mundelein Crime Prevention Officer Rachel Messina for further information: (847) 968-3783
Lindenhurst Police Department, December 14, 2013 Walmart, Round Lake Beach. Donations can be dropped off at the Lindenhurst Police Department. Contact Lindenhurst Police Officer Warda for further information: (847) 356-5400
Antioch Police Department, December 12, 2013 Walmart, Antioch. If you would like to make a donation they are accepted at the Antioch Police Department For further information contact Deputy Chief Laskowski: (847) 395-8585
Lake Villa Police Department December 12, 2013 Walmart, Round Lake Beach. Donations are accepted at the police station. For further information contact Lake Villa Police Officer Mike Janik: (847) 356-6106
Not all area police departments are participants of the program. Check with your local law enforcement agency to make sure. The smile on these kids faces make the time and effort of this program worth it.