Altoona (WQOW) – The generosity of the Chippewa Valley helped make it a record year for the Kids N’ Cops fundraiser.
Local law enforcement greeted, seated and fed people all day Monday to help kids have a brighter Christmas in the Chippewa Valley.
It was all to raise money for the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office’s 27th annual “Kids N’ Cops” program.
The program pairs at-risk youth with a law enforcement officer. Then, they go Christmas shopping for items the child’s family cannot afford.
All of the proceeds from Monday’s restaurant fundraiser go to the program.
Officers say the event is about more than giving material possessions, it’s about forming relationships with the youth in our community.
“When we actually go shopping with the underprivileged children to get them school supplies, shoes, snow pants, all the necessities that they need and don’t have on a regular basis, seeing their faces light up, that’s the real treat,” said Timothy Peterson, a school resource officer with the Altoona Police Department.
This year, the program will have a record total of nearly $25,000 to spend when officers take the children shopping on December 1.
Sheriff Ron Cramer said he wanted to thank the community again for its generosity.