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By Amber Hayden
BOYCEVILLE — This year’s annual “Shop With a Cop” event took place on December 1 and saw 40 kids for the second year in a row and countless volunteers from several police departments including two officers from Boyceville, according to Brenna Jasper of the Menomonie Police Department.
Officers Maxon and Jordan made their way throughout the Menomonie Walmart helping to pick out gifts for each of their partners for the day, with each of the kids getting $100 dollars to shop with.
The event involves less-fortunate children from around Dunn County along with law enforcement agencies including the Boyceville Police Department, Colfax Police Department, the Menomonie Police Department, the UW-Stout Police Department and the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department.
Participants also included personnel from the Dunn County Department of Human Services and administrative staff from the police departments and the Dunn County District Attorney’s office.
Before the shopping began the police officers ate breakfast — donated by the McDonalds in Menomonie — along side of the kids they were assigned.
After they are done shopping officers help the children check out and are given the option to have their presents wrapped in Christmas paper, after which they are given juice and cookies as well as getting to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and have a picture taken.
Approximately $4,000 in gift cards for the shopping expedition were purchased with funding provided by individuals and businesses in the community.
Families are selected through referrals from partner organizations such as school districts in Dunn County and Dunn County Human Services. The police officers themselves also make referrals.