December 18, 2012 > Cops make their day
Cops make their day
Submitted By Martha Matthiesen, Fremont PD
The fun begins in the big white canopy at the Target parking lot. Decorative tables, holiday music and a festive mood make the morning special. Children are picked up from school in a patrol car by their assigned officer and chauffeured back to the Target parking lot to await their turn to shop. Meanwhile, the officer and their child can enjoy crafts, games and face painting. Games are generously donated by the Irvington Business Association. Each child receives at least 2 books - generously donated by Half Price Books as well as the students from Mrs. Silva's class at Our Lady of Guadalupe School. Target employees volunteer as 'shopping elves' to help the children and officers find the items they want. Then the children wrap their gifts (with the little help from volunteers) and labeled to be picked up by the family at the Family Resource Center later in the day. Once all the shopping is done and all the games are played, Fremont Outback Steakhouse arrives to serve lunch to everyone and the children are returned to school.
The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for the children to enjoy the gift of giving as well as experiencing a positive interaction with law enforcement officers. The Fremont Police Department is honored to have the opportunity to brighten the holiday experience for families in our community.