WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Kids of Tippecanoe County shopped with a cop at the West Lafayette Meijer.
The event was hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police Logde #49, which serves all the officers in the Tippecanoe County area. Officers with Indiana State Police, Indiana Conservation, and Benton County Sheriff’s Office also attended.
48 kids were paired with 60 officers as they shopped for clothing, winter gear and a toy for the Christmas.
Alex Feistel, a detective with the Tippecanoe Sheriff's Office, said the event was created to not only provide kids with essential items, but also foster a positive interaction with law enforcement.
“Most of the time we engage with people on our day to day jobs, is not a positive way so this is our time that we can kind of engage with children and people in our community to show that, you know, we want to do well,” said Feistel.
Feistel has been apart of ‘Shop with a Cop’ for the past four years. He said it’s not often that officers get to interact with the community outside of their jobs so events like ‘Shop with a Cop’ are always great opportunities to shed a new lights on law enforcement to kids.
“Officers are just like their parents, we do jobs 9:00 to 5:00, but we like to help out on our off time and try to show them that we get along with them just as well as anyone else,” said Feistel.
He hopes that “Shop with a Cop” leaves a lasting impact on kids who participated.
“I remember even as a young kid myself, the engagement you have with people in uniforms and positions of authority, it leaves a mark on you, you know, and I hope this is gonna be a positive one they remember,” said Feistel.
The event is completely run by donations and volunteered time. Sponsors include Meijer West Lafayette, which held the event and gave monetary donations.
Chick-Fil-A, which provided lunch for the kids to take home.
Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, which provided coffee and donuts for the kids and officers.
9 Irish Brothers Pub, which hosted a ‘Shop with a Cop’ fundraising event and donated portions of the businesses profit to the event.
Industrial Federal Credit Union, which gave a monetary donation and Arconic Carriers Lafayette, which provided goodie bags for the kids.
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