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Bozeman Police help to brighten holidays, shop with kids

By Katherine Mozzone, KTVM Reporter, kmozzone@ktvm.com
Published On: Dec 14 2013 06:26:17 PM MST
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The Bozeman Police Department helped brighten the holidays for 20 kids, Saturday, kids who may not have as much under the tree this year.

Two children were selected from each public elementary and middle school to "Shop with a Cop".

The Bozeman Police Department raised $2,000 in cooperation with Target.

The kids got $80 to spend on gifts for themselves and their family. A $20 gift certificate will go to the children's parents so kids can receive a gift they didn't pick out for themselves.

We asked Sawyer Kemp, "What was the best part about shopping today?"

"I was talking to the police officer," replied Kemp.

It's the second year the Bozeman Police Department has hosted the event and Captain Mark Johnson says it's important to the community.

"We get to build relationships with these children that maybe, otherwise, have never dealt with law enforcement or maybe they've dealt with law enforcement in a negative way and so, it's a great opportunity to kind of break those barriers and hang out with these great kids," says Johnson.

After shopping, the kids get to go back to the police station, wrap gifts and eat pizza.

Bozeman Police tell us while they were out, today, folks already starting donating for next year.

Tarantino's pizza and Insty Prints also chipped in for the event.