Police departments throughout Lake County are hosting their annual “Shop with a Cop” this month to provide children with clothing and toys during the holiday season.
The Antioch Police Department held their 18th annual Shop with a Cop event Thursday evening at the Antioch Walmart.
The department partnered with Raymond Auto Group of Antioch and community partners to spread holiday cheer to over 50 local children and their families, the village said.
The Round Lake Beach Police Department said they delivered dinner and gifts to 100 families this year during their event, which was held earlier this month.
The North Chicago Police Department also held their annual Shop with a Cop earlier this month. They were able to help over 30 local families, officials said.
“All families were all smiles and their holidays were made magical this season thanks to our generous sponsors and all volunteers! A very special thanks to the Target store in Lake Bluff,” the City of North Chicago said.
On Saturday, the Waukegan Police Department held their annual event at the Waukegan Walmart and helped more than 80 children and their families with the support of local businesses, citizen donations and police officers.
Officers and local families rounded out the day at The People’s Choice Family Fun Center in Waukegan for pizza and games. “What a wonderful way to spread holiday cheer,” the city said.
On Sunday, the Gurnee Police Department held their Shop with a Cop program at Gurnee Mills with 70 children, who shopped for clothing and toys.
Families gathered at Gurnee Mills for breakfast and a visit with Santa before being paired with a Gurnee police officer for shopping.
The children, who ranged from infants up to 17 years old, had an opportunity to play games, make holiday crafts and visit with officers throughout the event.
“This marks the largest number of families to participate in the program since its inception in 2015,” Gurnee Police Department Public Information Officer Shawn Gaylor said.
Event organizer and Gurnee FOP President, Jason Kalinowski, was elated with the success of this year’s event. “We are grateful for another year of creating holiday joy for the children and families of our community.”
“The relationships we will build with these families will not only be a highlight for their holiday but will create lasting memories for our officers. The smiles and happiness these children experience when picking out their favorite presents encourage us to build upon this event year after year,” Kalinowski said.