Wednesday was a special day for children enrolled in Headstart at Tri-Cap.
They were invited to participate in the Cops and Kids program offered through the local Fraternal Order of Police #138 Wood Capital Lodge.
Members of the local law enforcement family were teamed up with the special shoppers to find needed clothing items and then a few toys for a special Christmas. Funded by local donations, the participants have about $150 to spend on the items.
After the shopping, the Cops and Kids headed to the Jasper Parklands, leading a parade of police vehicles with lights flashing and sirens wailing. At The Parklands, they met with Santa Claus and had a special lunch.
But the event is more than simply shopping; the children meet the officers and their families and get to spend time with them in a fun atmosphere. The event’s impact potentially carries on through their lives, allowing them to gain a different perspective of the local men and women serving the communities of Dubois County and the region.
Many of the officers look forward to the annual event as well. Making new friends and spending a couple of hours with the children is a heartwarming experience.