(WLNS) – It’s the little things in life that create a lasting impact and this holiday season, law enforcement officers are doing a good deed by giving back to families who need it the most.
“We’re just here to support the community and make sure that these kids have a Merry Christmas,” said Michigan State Lansing Post Police Trooper Marco Jones.
From the Michigan State Police, to the Mason Police Department, to Lansing PD…those were just some of the many law enforcement agencies participating in the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Walmart here in Lansing.
“It’s very rewarding for us to be able to do this,” said Clinton County Sheriff’s Department Court Officer Phil Bailey.
Kids were paired with an officer and given a $100 gift card to buy whatever they wanted in the store…they even got a picture with Santa Claus.
“There’s more good than not and these guys and officers they get into this line of work because they want to help people and events like this just prove it,” Co-organizer of “Shop with a Cop” Heidi Williams stated.
But it doesn’t stop there, officers in Clinton County took to the curb outside Walmart in St. Johns where they collected non-perishable food items for families who need it.
“It gives you a good feeling to think that you can give back to someone in the community and there’s a whole lot of families that are really hurting and so we’re just glad to donate our time,” said Deputy Birt Cooper of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department.
Times haven’t exactly been easy for law enforcement agencies across the nation as we continue to see shootings and violence involving police.
Which is why many police officers here today say giving back is a way of letting the community know they’re here to help.
“We are not the enemy we definitely want to support people and we want to be there as their protectors but we also want to walk side by side with them,” Trooper Jones stated.
“We are part of the community and we’re there for them,” Officer Bailey said.
And for Deputy Cooper, being there for the community is what the holiday’s is all about.
“It’s a gift that was given that we can all receive and we just want to pass that on if we can in some way,” Cooper stated.
And they did exactly that…