By Laura Katauskas | Bugle Staff
Often times adults need reminders of the true meaning of Christmas and for those helping spread holiday cheer for Romeoville families this weekend, it was alive and well.
It’s easy for kids to think of presents and Christmas and about what they want. But it became a common theme, during a shopping spree afforded to them by the Romeoville Police Department and its donors, to put others before themselves.
It was the likes of not only 16-year-olds but 7 and 8-year-olds too, opting to pick out presents for family members rather than just themselves.
Commander Rob Fetzer joked he had to make sure the children chose a present for themselves.
“It’s just a great thing to be able to be a part of and a way to give back to the community,” said Fetzer.
For its third year, the Fraternal Order of Police coordinate efforts to help families in need do a little holiday shopping.
Officer John Allen, who has spearheaded the event, reported the annual Shop with a Cop event held at Wal-Mart, were able to take 66 children out a $100 shopping spree.
Through donations from the Fraternal Order of Police, Romeoville Emergency Management Agency, Citizens Police Academy and local business owners, the police department was able to make Christmas a little brighter by adding a few presents under the tree.
Allen said it was another eye-opening moment, when customers came into the store, saw what they were doing and decided to donate on the spot.
“It’s very heartwarming to see the generosity of the community,” said Allen. “We’ve had more volunteers than ever, more donations and just the idea of giving back is here. That’s what Christmas is all about and we are seeing it happen here. It’s just amazing.”