Fifty Marathon County children had the chance to get to know their local Police Department better through the “Shop with a Cop” program, which allows kids to shop for things they need as well as a special toy for Christmas.
“The Shop with a Cop program is a program that allows us as law enforcement to make contacts with children within the community in a more positive way,” said Officer Kyle Guralski. “It’s a program that makes sure everyone has an opportunity to be supported and have a Christmas.”
During the event Dec. 2, officers and deputies helped kids look for what they needed and then shared a meal. The program focuses on those who lack financial stability in their household or are involved with Social Services.
“I firmly believe that everyone involved benefits from an organization like this,” said Guralski. “Everywhere I looked, I could see enjoyment from both the children and the law enforcement officials involved.”
Officer Sydney Holbach helped Stratford children participate in the event, which was organized by corrections officer Melissa Myszka, and was excited to have the opportunity to give back to the community.
The event was funded through donations from the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department, Wausau Police Department, B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation, Walmart, and private gifts and food donations from restaurants from within the Marathon County area.
“It was truly an enjoyable experience to be a part of. It is definitely something the Stratford Police Department looks forward to next year,” said Guralski.
Photos provided by Stratford Police Department.
12.11.18 Correction: The event was organized by Melissa Myszka with facilitation by Holbach. Six Stratford children participated.