It's already Christmas for kids at Fox Lake 'Shop with a Cop'

  • Paul Valade/pvalade@dailyherald.comFox Lake Police Chief Russell Laine looks for toys with Nicholas Partida, 6, center, and his brother Isaiah Partida, 8, both of Volo, during the "Shop with a Cop" event Monday evening at the Johnsburg Wal-Mart.

    Paul Valade/pvalade@dailyherald.comFox Lake Police Chief Russell Laine looks for toys with Nicholas Partida, 6, center, and his brother Isaiah Partida, 8, both of Volo, during the "Shop with a Cop" event Monday evening at the Johnsburg Wal-Mart.

  • Paul Valade/pvalade@dailyherald.comFox Lake Police officer Jessie Koutoulas participates in the "Shop with a Cop" event Monday at the Johnsburg Wal-Mart.

    Paul Valade/pvalade@dailyherald.comFox Lake Police officer Jessie Koutoulas participates in the "Shop with a Cop" event Monday at the Johnsburg Wal-Mart.

  • Paul Valade/pvalade@dailyherald.comCheyanne Doughty, 12, center, and her sister, Ariana Doughty, 10, pose for a photo with Santa at the McHenry Moose Lodge 691 in Johnsburg during the Fox Lake Police Department's "Shop with a Cop" event Monday.

    Paul Valade/pvalade@dailyherald.comCheyanne Doughty, 12, center, and her sister, Ariana Doughty, 10, pose for a photo with Santa at the McHenry Moose Lodge 691 in Johnsburg during the Fox Lake Police Department's "Shop with a Cop" event Monday.

 
 
Updated 12/5/2016 7:57 PM

lfilas@dailyherald.com

Santa arrived a little early for Fox Lake-area children this year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Roughly 39 kids were treated Monday to a shopping spree during the annual "Shop with a Cop" at the Johnsburg Wal-Mart.

The event started with visits with Santa, treats and a balloon artist at the McHenry Moose Lodge at 3535 N. Richmond Road, before the entire contingent of kids were taken to Wal-Mart.

There, they were allowed to spend $100, and they also received coats, hats, gloves, boots and a toy.

Around 10 officers from Fox Lake took part in the celebration. The $4,000 used for the event is part of the police department's budget.

Fox Lake Police Chief Russell Laine said that he hopes the event will help give kids a different impression of police officers than what is seen on television.

"This is a great opportunity for the police department to work with the community and help the kids out," Laine said.

After shopping, the kids returned to the Moose Lodge for dinner.

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