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     December 16, 2019      #34-350 KDJ
A child leads Kankakee Police Department patrol officer Jose Diaz down a toy aisle at Meijer.

Daily Journal/Laura McElroy

A Merry Christmas for all through Shop With a

By Laura McElroy

Those in blue helped the man in red ensure all children have a merry Christmas, as the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department, in conjunction with other police agencies throughout the county, held the 28th annual Shop with a Cop event on Sunday. More than 74 officers picked up 87 children between the ages of 6 and 12 throughout Kankakee County for a morning of fun and shopping in Bradley.

They started the day with breakfast at McDonald’s and then headed to Meijer, where officers and volunteers assisted the children in choosing gifts for themselves. The children also received hats, gloves and ...

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A child got to not only tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas, but also got to show him the exact item at Meijer during Shop With a Cop on Sunday. He ran into Santa while shopping with Grant Park Police Chief Carl Frey and patrolman John Coletti.

Daily Journal photos/Laura McElroy