A southern celebrity helped police officers in Cleveland make Christmas all the merrier for a very special group of kids.
Despite the economic stresses of the pandemic officers tell News On 6 they had enough donations to spend more than $100 on 45 different children involved in this year’s Shop With A Cop.
There is nothing quite like a snow day to make Christmas feel all the more magical and police officers in Cleveland will tell you, the winter weather came at the perfect time. The snow outside set the perfect scene for Sunday's Shop with a Cop event.
"Watching a father cry when he found out how much his kids were getting for Christmas," said Cleveland Police Chief Clint Stout. "He had no idea how much we were going to spend on each kid."
Community members and businesses came together to help the FOP Lodge #139 fund this event so that police officers can show up for the families they serve in a big way. Every year it has gotten bigger, as people have gotten more and more generous.
This year officers got to spend $150 on 45 different kids.
"We see a lot of these kids on the calls that we go on," said Chief Stout. "It may not always be something negative, but they have dealt with that family, they know that family."
They didn't do it alone. Normally News On 6 would've had our own cameras at an event like this but because of COVID-19, officers wanted to keep things quiet. Thankfully 14-year-old aspiring journalist Grace Ann was there to meet Duck Dynasty's Si Robertson.
"How he acts on the show, that is not an act, that is him, he is a funny guy to be around," said Chief Stout.
Every officer participates in some way to make this happen, even if they aren't the one chosen to shop alongside a child.
"Our goal is to make a difference in this community- it's our community, our schools, our kids," said Officer Godfrey.
To donate to the Cleveland Police Department’s Shop with a Cop, click here.