Surrounded by evergreen Christmas trees in Walmart’s Lawn and Garden Center, kids and cops chewed on sugar cookies before pushing shopping carts through the store’s aisles on Monday night.
This year’s Shop with a Cop was a huge success and a lot of fun, said Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.
The Barron County Law Enforcement Foundation program partners in-need kids with law enforcement officers and then lets them loose with a $150 budget.
More than 78 kids and nearly 50 cops joined forces for this year’s event.
Rice Lake Police Department Captain Tracy Hom said that the kids there definitely deserved to shop with a cop.
The girl he partnered with ended up trading up from her size 5 boots to a size 10.
She also got hats and gloves, jewelry for her mom, a scary movie for her dad and a stuffed animal for her younger brother.
She finished the spree with a Christmas sweater for herself.
After the shopping, kids and cops ventured to the AmeriVu Inn and Suites to eat at a taco bar sponsored by Adventures Restaurant & Pub.
At the end of the night, each child was sent home with a Christmas dinner in a bag, containing turkey, fruits and canned goods.