Cops take kids shopping in Hoffman Estates

December 6, 2011 by  

The 12th annual Shop with a Cop event takes place on December 10. It is a program run by the Hoffman Estates Police Charitable Foundation in which a needy child is taken shopping by a police officer. This year’s group of children is expected to be the largest ever.

The children chosen to take part in the program come from the Community Resource Center and from local domestic violence shelters supported by Women in Need Growing Stronger. Each child is taken shopping at Target in Hoffman Estates by a uniformed police office. They will be given the chance to buy for the whole family and to wrap their gifts. Following the shopping the children will be taken to Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch where they will receive a stocking filled with donated presents; Santa Claus will also visit and hand out gifts to each child.

Women in Need Growing Stronger (WINGS) is an organization that provides “safe, secure living environments, through transitional housing and emergency shelter, in residential neighbourhoods” WINGS gets most of its support from volunteers, individuals in the community and local businesses. Their website provides a poster-sized list of their most needed items for this year; Hoffman Estates businesses could help by downloading this poster, printing as many copies as needed to supply to their employees.

Everyone wants to help those less fortunate at this time of year. The Shop with a Cop program is just one of many that hopes to give children the kind of Christmas that they deserve.