On a cold, crisp Saturday morning, 25 youngsters were joined by law enforcement officers from across the Algoma District to shop for Christmas gifts at Walmart (Great Northern Rd.) in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
The brain-child of Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Constable Fred Brown, ‘Kids Shop with Cops’ continues to brighten the lives of youngsters in communities in and around Sault Ste. Marie 10 years later.
Children are selected for the shopping spree through various ways, including social services partners and outreach.
Constable Sonny Spina spoke with Saultonline, stating that “This is my favourite event.”
Constable Fred Brown, who works all year to create a fund for ‘Kids Shop with Cops’ shared a few words with the children, encouraging them to include themselves in their Christmas shopping spree. Each child could spend approx. $100.00.
Law Enforcement professionals were represented by Canada Border Services, The Sault Police, The Anishinabek Police, The OPP, Corrections Canada, Sault College Justice Studies and NORPRO Security.
Folks heading into Walmart, Great Northern around 9:30 am were wondering if the whole place was on lockdown. However, the police cruisers and armoured vehicles were part of an extensive motorcade which chauffeured the kids to their next surprise – Breakfast at Gliss in The Quality Inn on Bay Street.
Gliss hosted a Christmas breakfast for the whole gang, with Fountain Tire staff supporting the morning by wrapping all the gifts for the children.
Well Done All! We Wish You A Merry Christmas.