DC kids meet up with police officers to go holiday shopping together

Dozens of police officers in D.C. gave their time Wednesday to build relationships with local kids and help brighten their holidays.

The annual Heroes and Helpers event saw police officers take kids shopping for the holidays at the Target in Columbia Heights, paid for by Target and local donors.

Jamayo, 6, who loves Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen” franchise, was looking for items from the movie. She said she loves it “because I watched ‘Frozen 2.'”

About 100 kids were able to shop, including 10-year-old Rianna, who wanted to buy slime. She also wanted to get her mom hand lotion, lip gloss and lipstick.

Jamayo, 6, checks out a snow globe at the Columbia Heights Target.

The event brought D.C. police officers and local kids together for some holiday shopping.

Vincent, 8, with D.C. police Chief Peter Newsham.

James, 11, and Marcus, 5, at the Heroes and Helpers event.

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Elijah, 10, also had his family in mind: He said he was looking for trucks, clothes, sunshades, hats and scarves.

Metro Transit Police officer Trevell Moreland said he loves seeing how the kids think about more than themselves.

“It’s very exciting, and then you get to see some kids make choices you would not think they would make,” Moreland said. “It’s not always about toys for them. Sometimes, it’s about items for their household.”

Moreland added that he volunteers at the event to build bridges with kids: “They get to interact with police officers, who they might not see in a friendly capacity all the time.”

D.C. police Chief Peter Newsham added, “There’s a reason why we continue to do this event every year: It’s a chance for our officers to connect with young people and give back to those in need during the holidays.”

“We are grateful for the D.C. Police Foundation’s support to continue this annual tradition,” Newsham said.

Kyle Cooper

Anchor and reporter Kyle Cooper, has been with WTOP since 1992. Over those 25 years Kyle has worked as a street reporter, editor and anchor. Prior to WTOP Kyle worked at several radio stations in Indiana, and at the Indianapolis Star Newspaper.

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