Santa Cops and Kids, a program sponsored by the Valley City Department, paired local law enforcement officers and firefighters with children who endured rough circumstances during the past year for an evening of shopping for Christmas gifts for the kids’ families.
The event included supper at Pizza Corner, a parade of lights and sirens to Shopko, shopping, and wrapping gifts before Santa made an entrance at the Valley City Police Department with gifts for the kids.
The children each were given $100 in donated money to spend on their families during the event.
PICTURE: TOP LEFT: Detective Mark McDonald shops with Alyssa Quast at Shopko during Santa Kids and Cops.
TOP RIGHT: Valley City Volunteer Fire Department Chief Gary Retterath and Nathanial Buccholz discuss a gift while shopping Monday during Santa Cops and Kids.
BOTTOM LEFT: Linda McKenna sits on Santa’s lap while Braydon Syverson receives a gift during Santa Cops and Kids.
BOTTOM RIGHT: Valley City Police officer Breanna Tessin and Keira Vaughn take a break from wrapping gifts during Santa Cops and Kids on Monday.