Peoria Police Officers Take Children On Shopping Spree

PEORIA — The Peoria Police Officers Association (PPOA) took 50 local children out for an early breakfast with Santa followed by some holiday shopping on December 14 as part of its Shop With A Cop event.

This outing was made possible by the fundraising efforts of the PPOA, along with the support of several community partners and the Peoria Police Department. This annual event allows police department employees to take children from the community to a local store to purchase gifts of all kinds for themselves and their families for the holiday season.

After a Chic-Fil-A breakfast with Santa, the children were driven to Target in police vehicles, complete with lights and sirens. Shopping, activities, gift-wrapping and lunch were also part of the day’s events.