While the weather may have been cold outside, hearts were warm during the annual Shop with a Cop event at Target on Dec. 7.
The Cicero Police Department swarmed Target’s entryway, ready to bring happiness to the special children chosen to be part of this year’s program.
“This is a great way for us to show our appreciation and give back to the community,” said Police Superintendent Jerry Chlada Jr. before the shopping started. “I applaud every one of you. I am very proud of every one of you.”
Target and Exxon Mobil sponsored this year’s event where Cicero police officers are paired with a family to shop for a variety of Christmas gifts. Families chosen are usually struggling to get by during this time of year, either because of employment problems, personal tragedies, or other reasons. By participating in the program, many children will be able to enjoy Christmas this year.
“I think this is a fantastic event we are very proud to be a part of this year,” said Jason Christian from Exxon Mobil.
Target designated specific registers for families to check out and then set up a gift-wrapping station to add to the spirit of the season.
“As police officers, we are here to give back to our community, protect our community and be involved in our community,” Chlada said.
Abdallah Drea, Asset Protection Manager for Target, said the company is proud to sponsor this event and many others like it across the country as a way to put smiles on children’s faces.
“I’m proud of Jerry and the rest of the police for the way they work with our residents to make sure as many kids as possible can have a Merry Christmas every year,” said Town President Larry Dominick.