Third Annual Heroes and Helpers Celebration: Shop with a Cop

Kent Event: Kent Police shop with children from KYFS for the holidays.

Kent Police Help Local Children in Need with Holiday Shopping

by Michelle Gehlman-Teeter

“What would your Mom like?”

“I don’t know. A scarf?”

“My sister would love this shirt!”

“My brother would like a new baseball bat.”

Saturday morning the Kent Police Department, partnering with Target and Kent Youth and Family Services held its third annual Heroes and Helpers Celebration. This event helps children from Kent Youth and Family Services purchase holiday gifts for their families. They each were paired with a Kent Police Officer who took them around Target to shop.

The officers had as much fun as the kids, picking out what Mom, Dad or siblings would love for the holidays. They each had $100 to spend, and you could see the pride and excitement on the children’s faces as they found each perfect gift.

“The officers volunteer their time; some worked last night and are still here this morning. For some, it’s their day off,” said Jarod Kasner, spokesperson and Commander of the Kent Detective Unit. “Target gave a grant, and we also did some fundraising to pay for the event.”

The program fosters strong community relationships by pairing in-need youth with public safety officials. Thirty kids went shopping this year.

“Participating in this event provides the Kent Police with a great opportunity to share in a wonderful event centered on Kent youth. Just seeing the kids smile means the most,” said Kasner.

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