Local Police Take Kids Christmas Shopping

Sheridan police officers gather for the Cops for Kids shopping day. (Submitted cell phone photo)

The families of about 50 children in Sheridan are possibly a little happier today because their child received an extra gift from the local police department.

Sheridan Police Sgt. Tom Henry said their “Cops for Kids” shopping spree held earlier in the month allowed them to take 46 children shopping, because of this year's large donation of cash. Typically, in the past three years, he said, they've given $50 to 30 children.

But this year, the original $1,500 donation from Walmart was matched by the community.

He said they find the children and their families through local organizations that deal with those who might be in need.

But, it's always interesting, he said, to see what the kids pick out, and their choices can be especially moving when the money is used to buy a present for someone else.

He said any money that was left over from the program was given to local charities, including Sheridan Media's Christmas Wish campaign.