Hometown Shopko of Milbank presented a $1000 check to the Grant County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) on Wednesday, December 13. The money will benefit the annual program Christmas With a Cop.
Christmas With a Cop allows 30 local children, each assisted by a law enforcement officer, to go Christmas shopping for their families. On Wednesday, December 20, the youngsters will select gifts to give to their parents, grandparents, and siblings. Each child also will choose a small gift for themselves.
“This event is all about giving,” says Milbank Chief of Police Boyd VanVooren. “We talk to the kids about giving and why we give. Everyone feels better about themselves when they give rather than receive.”
After the shopping in completed, the presents will be wrapped and the children will take them home to put under their Christmas trees. VanVooren says, “It’s a joy to see these kids’ faces light up!”
Shopko Assistant Manager Donna Schmitz, presented the $1,000 check to Milbank police officer Mike Morgan.