Saturday was a special day for 25 kids from the Sault and area. They got to go shopping for Christmas presents with some cops. This is the eighth year for this program and again, the cops had just as much, if not more fun than the kids did.
The money for this comes from very generous sponsors. This year Walmart, Sault Ste. Marie Police Association, Police Services Board, Fountain Tire, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 115 Sault Michigan, and Quality Inn, who supplied the breakfast were the sponsors.
Sunny Naqvi, General Manager of Quality Inn, who in previous years worked for another Inn, has been at Quality Inn for the past 2 years, and when he came over, he decided that it would be a great idea to bring the program with him. Quality Inn and Gliss supply a very hearty breakfast for the cops and kids, much needed after all the shopping that went on.
This Christmas marks the 8th year for Cops and Kids. Local law enforcement agencies have partnered with Quality Inn Bay Front, Gliss Restaurant and Wal-Mart to host this wonderful morning of shopping, fun and food.
On Saturday December 19th, twenty-five deserving children will be paired up with a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Anishinabek Police Service, Rankin Police Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Ministry of Natural Resources for a special gift shopping experience at Wal-Mart.
Afterwards, all of the children ride in the police cruisers to Quality Inn Bay Front.
At the Quality Inn volunteers from Fountain Tire will wrap the presents the children have purchased. Lastly the children will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast prepared by the staff at Gliss Restaurant.
The event was created to help under privileged children, but to also help them develop a positive relationship with law enforcement.
The most important aspect of the day is to make the children’s Christmas a bit brighter.
The event would not be possible if not for all of the dedication by local law enforcement officers who participate, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #115 for the fundraising efforts throughout the year with the sale of teddy bears, the Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Board, the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Association, the local participating businesses and of course, the volunteers who come out to help support the event.
Cops & Kids is proud to announce that over 100 children have been put through the program with over $10,000 raised to date.
There is no greater joy than to bring a smile to a deserving child’s face during the holidays.