By Bugle Staff
The spirit of Christmas is strong in Bolingbrook, as the 17th annual Shop with a Cop event took place this past week.
The Bolingbrook Police Department teamed up with Meijer Store in the annual event Dec. 16 at Meijer, 755 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook.
More than 100 Bolingbrook children were given a chance at a shopping spree thanks to Meijer who donated $50 gift cards to each participant, continuing a successful community outreach program, which was established with their initial store in Illinois, also located in Bolingbrook.
Meijer Store Director Michael Hellgeth and Assistant Pam Willis played instrumental roles to make the day an overwhelming success, also providing free gift wrapping, food and drinks for all of the participants, said Commander Mike Rompa.
“Numerous Bolingbrook Police Department employees, their family members and Explorer Post #38 combined their efforts to make the holiday brighter for all,” said Rompa. “The event brought the community together and enhanced positive relationships between members of the police department and the selected Bolingbrook students.”
Bolingbrook Public Safety Director Tom Ross and Meijer Corporate Officials were also in attendance and were overwhelmed with the positive interaction.
Ross stated this program is essential for all involved and thanked Meijer for their continued support.