Maple Grove Police Bring Holiday Happiness to Local Youth
Dec 23, 2015 10:03PM
● By Wendy Erlien
Volunteers from the Maple Grove Police Department (Provided by Maple Grove Police Department)
For families in need, the holiday season can be challenging.
This year, a partnership between the Maple Grove Police Department and local businesses helped make a difference in the lives of 20 local children.
On Dec. 16, police officers and staff were paired up with youth and their families at Walmart in Maple Grove for an evening of holiday shopping. Through a partnership with Walmart, each child was given $100 to spend during their shopping trip. Along with their partner from the police department, youth bought gifts for their parent(s) and/or siblings(s). Once they choose their gifts to give, they chose a gift for themselves. When completed, the group went to Angeno's Pizza for pizza and gift wrapping party.
As the evening went on, officers and staffed learned more about the lives of their young partners as they opened up more, according to Maple Grove Police Captain Adam Lindquist.
Many had heartbreaking stories to tell.
“It was emotional. You visibly saw the impact on our officers - by the end of the evening, some had tears in their eyes,” Lindquist said. Many talked about the positive experience and helping families, he said, an experience one which they hope to continue next year.
Editor’s note: How are you giving back this holiday season? Share your holiday story in comments below.