Kids Shop with Cops at Target


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The holidays can come and go for some children without even a visit from Santa, but some of Rockford's finest are not allowing that to happen this winter.

60 underprivileged kids from the Rockford School District were wide eyed as they roamed the aisles of Target Saturday for Shop with a Cop.

Rockford Police officers accompanied the children as they searched for any needed clothing items as well as presents for their families.

And although each child is given a budget of $150, the officers saw a lot of selfless spending.

"Most of these kids will shop for toys for their brothers and sisters and things for their parents," said President of the Rockford Police Benevolent and Protection Association Terry Peterson. "You'd be surprised by the depth of their thinking about what they're doing here; it's not all about them always and in the end, obviously, they'll get something for themselves."

The program is made possible by a partnership between the Rockford Police Benevolent and Protection Association and the Heroes and Helpers of Target.


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