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Optimists, first responders make season brighter for kids

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Officers with Multnomah County Sheriffs Office and Fairview Police partnered with children, organized by the Salvation Army, for the Gresham Optimists annual Shop with a Cop at the Fairview Target on Saturday, Dec. 12.

The Gresham Optimist Club and members of local police and fire agencies fostered the season of giving recently, by providing around three dozen children with the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping.

On Saturday, Dec. 5, personnel with Gresham Police and Gresham Fire and Emergency Services escorted 15 youngsters, organized through the Salvation Army, around the aisles at Gresham Fred Meyer.

The following Saturday, Dec. 12, officers with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and Fairview Police joined the fun at the Fairview Target with another group of 15 children.

The annual event, known as Shop with a Cop, is a community project sponsored by the Gresham Optimist Club. For more than 15 years, the Optimists have worked with the Salvation Army to provide the shopping excursion for children who might not have much ho-ho-ho in their holiday. Youngsters are paired with a police officer or firefighter, who help the children select gifts for their families and themselves.

Each child is given $100 to spend and is then treated to lunch at a nearby Burgerville.


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