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On Saturday, December 5, Lombard Police Officers brought ten children to go holiday shopping for their family members, as part of Lombard’s Annual Shop with a Cop program, sponsored by the Lombard Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association (LCPAAA).
Lombard Police Officers picked up the children from their homes and brought them to Lombard Village Hall, where they were escorted in a convoy of a dozen squad cars to go shopping at Target. The children were provided a snack from Target and then picked out items for their families, with help from Lombard Police Officers. They then returned to Village Hall where they were greeted by Chico the Lombard Police Canine, as well as Santa and Mrs. Claus. LCPAAA volunteers helped to wrap the gifts in festive paper and hosted a pizza lunch. At the end of the event, the children were driven home in squad cars filled with gifts, trays of cookies, gift baskets, and a coupon for a free Christmas tree donated by the TriTown YMCA.
“Even after 17 years, it’s just as much fun this year to share in the excitement of these kids as they pick out gifts for their family members,” said Sgt. Bud Marks. “It’s a great way to get into the spirit of the holidays.”
The purpose of Shop with a Cop is to foster positive relationships between youth and law enforcement. The LCPAAA selects the children based on the child’s good character, hard work at school, and other factors. The LCPAAA funds this program through community events throughout the year as well as soliciting funds, selling merchandise, and receiving donations from area merchants. Donations addressed to the Lombard Police Department are also received through the mail.
“The Lombard Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association would like to thank a very supportive community for coming together to brighten this Christmas for these Lombard families,” said LCPAAA President Loretta Kearns. “Our 17th Show with a Cop program was made possible through the fundraising efforts of Alumni members, the Lombard PD who volunteered their time, and the generous support of Lombard Businesses.”
Please contact Sgt. Marks at (630)620-4446 for more information or if you have any questions.