Roseville Review people - published December 13, 2016

Now in it’s 11th year, the Roseville Police Department’s Shop with a Cop event happened the evening of Dec. 7. According to the department’s community relations coordinator Corey Yunke, the department takes 12-16 kids on a shopping spree each year courtesy of Target’s Heroes and Helpers Program, the Eric Christensen Memorial Fund and donations from Roseville residents. Most kids chosen for a shopping spree usually have had interactions with Roseville officers in some way, or just need some help. Yunke said for the past five years, the department has reached out to get the Karen immigrant community involved. 

“It s rare to find anything impractical in [the kids’] carts,” he said, “instead, you ll see coats, boots, gloves, hats, pots, pans, pillows, etc.”

This year, the department hosted 13 kids, aged 8-17. They shopped, then headed pack to the police department to wrap presents and eat pizza. 

“It’s a lot of work for a 2-hour event, but it’s well worth the effort and the officers and volunteers look forward to it every year,” Yunke said.

Nathan Swanson, a Boy Scout from Troop 200, donated a wreath to Little Canada Fire Chief Don Smiley on Nov. 26. The Boy Scouts sell wreaths to raise funds. Swanson passed along the message that people should donate to their local fire departments to show that the community cares about its firefighters.

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