The Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association (CPPA) took 40 kids holiday shopping at Target in Steelyard Tuesday night.
The children selected for the program were referred to CPPA by the Domestic Violence, Sex Crimes, and Homicide Detective Units of Cleveland Police. The children involved have been affected by great tragedies in their lives, and this opportunity allows them to have a positive interaction with police.
Each child was given $200 to spend on holiday shopping, and each child was accompanied by an officer. The CPPA held various fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for the event.
The program was started three years ago as a way to give back to the community and to allow children to interact with the police officers in a relaxed and positive environment. Many times the only interaction these children have had with the police is a result of tragic circumstances beyond their control. The union hopes to change that.
Police departments all across Ohio and the US hold similar events annually.