Everett Police Heroes And Helpers Event A Holiday Hit

December 13, 2016

Police Blotter

Heroes and Helpers

Like most police operations this one started with a briefing.

Heroes and Helpers

It takes a bit of study to find just the right thing.

Heroes and Helpers

Hard to say who had more fun. The cops or the kids.

Heroes and Helpers

The toy aisle got a work out.

Heroes and Helpers

Friendships were formed.

Heroes and Helpers

There were a lot of smiles in Target tonight.

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A hug of mutual appreciation.

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An Everett Police officer picks up the tab for a young man.

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A Mill Creek Police Officer and helpers.

Heroes and Helpers

It took a lot of volunteers and hard work to make this happen.

Heroes and Helpers is a shopping trip bringing together local police officers and kids from the Everett area. It is organized by the Everett Police Officer’s Association.

It took place Tuesday night at the Target store on Everett Mall Way.

“We want to create a memorable night for children who might not otherwise experience the Holiday Season.

It’s such an amazing event not only for these children and their families, but for the police officers as well.

It’s also an opportunity to create a positive, trusting relationship between children and local law enforcement.” said event organizer Det. Jamie French.

“This great feat couldn’t happen without donations, volunteers, police officers, and Target.”

At times it was hard to tell who was having more fun at Heroes and Helpers, the kids or the cops.

Officers from Everett Police were joined by deputies from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Mill Creek Police Department.

The Everett Gospel Mission and local DSHS office arranged for more than six dozen kids to pair with an officer for a shopping trip through Target.

Amy is a single mom of three kids. A 12 year old boy, 10 year old girl and 3 month old boy. Currently without a home they are staying at the Everett Gospel Mission.

“For us to be able to see just how much we are alike is great…they treated my kids like they were their own,” she said. “To interact with the police in such a stress-free, positive way is wonderful and an experience we will remember for a long time.”

“It’s good to be able to help kids in another way,” said an Everett Police officer returning to make another trip with a family. “They get to see us in a positive light and not taking mom or dad away.”

This is the second year for Heroes & Helpers, also known as Shop with a Cop in other communities.

It is sponsored by the Everett Police Officers Association and Everett Target.

This event is funded purely by donations from police officers, civilian employees, family members of local police officers, and their friends.

Here are some MyEverettNews.com photos from tonight’s event.

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