YREKA, Calif. -- Law enforcement from all over Siskiyou County made sure kids in the community have Christmas gifts to unwrap this year. The 5th annual 'Shop with a Cop' held Wednesday allowed 40 kids to buy whatever they wanted for Christmas.
Those 40 kids like 10-year-old Rylie Super were chosen by their teachers in school. Each one got to spend $150 to spend on their own Christmas gifts. Super spent maybe $20 on herself. The rest of the money was spent for gifts for her family.
"That would be selfish and rude so I want to shop for them because they do a lot for me. It helps," Super said.
The Yreka Police Department said this isn't just about giving back to families in need. It's also an opportunity to break down that wall between the police and the community.
"It's helping a lot of kids in the community. It's helping build that trust with law enforcement," said Sgt. Ray Boutin. "They see us as human, that we're not always the bad guys."
The kids don't get to play with their toys and gifts immediately. Volunteers and Walmart employees wrap them up so Christmas morning is still special. While the gifts were being wrapped, the kids and their families got to sit down with the police officers enjoying pizza and dessert. Santa also made an appearance.
"There's no feeling like it. It's pretty amazing. It's something that the kid will remember for years," Sgt. Boutin added.
Although the Yreka Police Department organizes 'Shop with a Cop' every year, Sgt. Boutin said it couldn't happen without the community's time and donations:
- Yreka Walmart
- DeClerk Enterprises
- Siskiyou Central Credit Union
- Rain Rock Casino
- Karuk Tribal Housing Authority
- Siskiyou County Correctional Officer's Association
- Siskiyou County Probation Officer Association
- Life Four Square Church
- Shawn Gordon- California Highway Patrol
- Century 21 Advantage- Mt. Shasta
- Mt. Shasta Rentals
- Leslie Jones, Melissa Balma and Linda Williamson
The following law enforcement agencies participated in Wednesday night's 'Shop with a Cop':
- Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office
- Siskiyou County Probation and Corrections
- Siskiyou County Jail
- California Highway Patrol
- United States Forest Service
- Etna Police Department
- California Fish and Wildlife
- Tulelake Police Department
- Lake Shastina Police Department
- Mt. Shasta Police Department
- Yreka Police Department