Moline, Il (KWQC) With the holiday season right around the corner, the Rock Island Sheriff’s department is looking to lend a hand again this year as they prepare for their annual ‘Shop With a Cop’ event this December. But today’s fundraiser was more than just a time to collect money for a great cause, the Rock Island County sheriff’s say it was a day to interact and connect with the community, and the events like these will have a life long impact.
“It gives you a warm feeling all over,” said Ed Cox, a retired Rock Island Sheriff. “It makes you feel great that you’re doing something for these kids.”
The Sheriff’s department says their goal is to take 40 children Christmas shopping this year. Rock Island County Sheriff, Jim Miller says this is an opportunity to really connect with the community.
“To help those families that might not be able to supply for Christmas, we give them an opportunity to have a little better Christmas this year,” said Miller.
During a time when community and police relationships are tense, the sheriff’s department want this day to build relationships.
“It’s the key of community relations getting out in our community and building relations with our department and those kids and the families across generations and this is just one big key, to that communication and networking into our community.” said Miller.
But to many officers, it’s the smiles that make the whole event worth while. They say the parents faces when they see their children buy gifts for them is the best part of it all.
The Rock Island County Sheriff’s will host the “Shop With a Cop,” event on December 6th at Walmart in Moline at 3:30 PM