Cops & Kids

201612060932_0001.jpgOn December 3, 2016, 47 Vernon Hills youths participated in our inaugural Cops & Kids event. (In many communities this program is known as Shop With A Cop.) Cops & Kids was a joint effort between VHPD and the Lincolnshire Police Department.

In a word, the first Cops & Kids event was.... fantastic. The youths were treated to lunch and got to hang out with Santa. Afterwards, they were bused to the Vernon Hills Walmart where each went on a $100.00 shopping spree. (Courtesy of a grant from the Walmart Foundation.)

As you can well imagine (and see from the slide show below), the coordination of such an event would not be possible without the cooperation of many businesses, volunteers and, of course, police officers. In addition to police officers from VHPD and LPD, we also had deputies from the Lake County Sheriff's Office on hand to help out. The dozens of volunteers consisted of other VHPD and Village employees, police officer's family members, friends and teachers & staff from Hawthorn School District #73.

Many thanks to everyone who assisted. Of course, a big thanks to the Walmart Foundation. However, our deep gratitude also goes to the staff at the Vernon Hills Walmart, Buffalo Wild Wings for providing the lunch, Lakeside Transportation for providing the bus to Walmart, and a student choir from Hawthorn Elementary South School.

It was an incredible day and one that the youths will remember for a very long time.