South Loop Target was full of hugs and smiles Thursday. Dozens of Chicago police officers brought over 100 kids shopping for toys.
17th Annual “Shop with a Cop”
Santa wasn’t the only Christmas cheerleader. The 17th annual “Izzy’s Shop with a Cop Day” at Target on Clark Street had special assistance.
Israel Idonije led the endeavor. After a schoolboy informed him he despised cops, he got the idea.
“They’ll laugh, problem-solve on their budget, and start creating a friendship,” Ijonije added.
At least one Chicago police officer took the youngsters shopping for gifts.
“These youngsters don’t always see us in positive settings, and they really invest in that personal connection,” said Chicago Police Commander Melinda Linas.
More than 70 cops, including Officer Irma Calzada, volunteered for the assignment this year.
“Great. “Young shopper Severous Winfield” is pleasant. Many kids planned to buy presents for family and friends.
Kids receive $100 to spend. only that they obtain something for themselves and something instructive.
10-Year-Old Malakyi Wilson Did
“Favorite book. My school library usually gives me this “Wilson.”
This year, local initiatives helped more than 100 youngsters from struggling households participate.
“That’s developing relationships, and that will make the students feel safer when they encounter cops,” said CPS school counsellor Muriel McDonald.
The day finished with festive enthusiasm and new connections, sharing trust and acceptance.