FREMONT – The Fremont Police Department is once again participating in their annual Shop With a Cop program.
The program has been part of the department since the 90s and runs solely on donations. Detective Brandon Lorenson with the department says the program allows children from families in need to receive gifts during the Christmas season.
“Every year we take about 60-70 kids shopping. We usually spend about $100 on them,” said Lorenson. “About half of it is on clothes like hats and gloves. The other half is on toys for the kids.”
The families that take part in the program are nominated by people in the community. The department goes through the nominations and accepts as many of the children as they can. Detective Lorenson says every child deserves a good Christmas, and the Fremont police just want to ensure every child gets one.
“Just trying to give the needier families a chance to give their kids a good Christmas,” said Lorenson. “Every kid deserves to get presents and have a good time. So we just try to make that happen for people that may not be able to do that for their kids.”
People can still donate to the Shop With a Cop program. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at the station. All donations will go toward the program this year and in future years.