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St. Louis Cardinal mascot Fredbird poses for a picture with St. Louis police and Big Brothers-Big Sisters children, December 4, 2010. (KMOX/Justin Wingerter)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – More than thirty St. Louis city police officers did some shopping at the Target store on Hampton, Saturday morning.

No, they weren’t buying supplies for the department,  they were helping 15 Big Brothers-Big Sisters children buy gifts for their families.  

Chief Dan Isom says it’s important for his officers to connect with local children in a positive way, “Oftentimes police aren’t delivering good news. Especially in circumstances where young people’s families are involved in crimes, it sometimes leaves a bad impression for the young people. But, this demonstrates to them we’re really about trying to make sure they’re safe and protected and having productive lives.”

The event was called “Cops 4 Kids: Patrolling 4 Presents.”

John Suggs with the local Big Brothers-Big Sisters office says the children had really really been looking forward to the outing, ” To be able to go shopping for their families and themselves, it’s going to be a memorable Christmas for a lot of our kids. We’re really excited.” 

Target provided the funding for the shopping spree.

(Copyright: KMOX Radio)


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