The annual Shop with a Cop was held Dec. 8.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Police officers from Grayslake, Lindenhurst, Gurnee, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Beach, the College of Lake County and Glenview made the Christmas season brighter for underprivileged children earlier this month at the annual Shop with a Cop event. About 40 area children were treated to a holiday shopping spree at the Gurnee Target store, where they were able to choose gifts for their families with money donated by the community. Grayslake Det. Sgt. Jeff Myhra coordinated the event. Participating Grayslake police officers included: Chief Philip Perlini, Shawn Peterson, Karin Shepherd, David McNamara, Gregg Hatter, Stephen Kueber, Rita Stang, Eric McNeil, Mario Balarin, Guy Fiasche, Chuck Foy, Stephen Teschner, Amy Guzman, Scott Heimos, …
About 33 families received a holiday meal and kids were able to pick out gifts through program; volunteers from Grayslake's Strang Funeral Home wrapped it all up.
Shopping for Christmas presents is something most families take for granted. But for others struggling with job loss or other issues, it can be something they only dream about. The Grayslake Police Department worked to make those dreams come true. The department, along with the Grayslake Kiwanis Club, hosted a Shop with a Cop program on Dec. 19. The event provided Christmas presents and a full turkey dinner to 33 local families in need. The turkey dinners were provided by Piggly Wiggly in Grayslake. Each child received a $100 gift card that they got to spend as they choose at the Gurnee Target, accompanied by a Grayslake police officer. The program also gave officers a chance to build up positive interactions with area families. "It meant …