Lincoln Police and Target Host Heroes & Helpers Event
Donated gift cards provided kids in-need a chance to shop for holiday gifts this season
On Saturday, December 19, 2015, the Lincoln Police Department and Target hosted a Heroes & Helpers event to help children from local elementary schools purchase holiday gifts for their families. With the help of Community Learning Center representatives, 45 children were selected to participate. During the in-store shopping event, each child was given a $150 gift card and then paired with an officer who accompanied them while selecting gifts for the child and the child's family. Along with the shopping, the event included gift wrapping, breakfast treats and visits with Santa Claus and McGruff, the crime dog.
The Heroes & Helpers program fosters strong community relationships by pairing law enforcement with youth in-need. The Lincoln Police Department understands that some families are having difficult times. It is an honor to pair with Target in an effort to alleviate some of that stress for children in special situations. Donations for the purchase of gift cards were provided by Target, Compass Marketing, Good Life Fitness, Reinke Investments, Lincoln/Lancaster County Human Services, Lincoln Police Union's Santa Cop Program and several anonymous donors. The Lincoln Police Department would like to extend a sincere appreciation to each of them for their continued support of the Lincoln community.