Central Oregon kids got their pick It’s Christmas list at this year’s store with a police event on Wednesday.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office held its annual event at the Walmart in Bend.
The program involves multiple law enforcement agencies throughout Central Oregon working together to make the holidays brighter for less fortunate families.
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Eighty-eight children participated this year and were even able to ride a patrol cars are open their way to e shopping spree.
“It is a good opportunity for us as a law to give back to the community. It also gives the children we buy an opportunity to interact with law enforcement in a positive way,” said Sgt. Jason Wall, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
“Riding with a patrol car – not many kids can do it. “You know they’re not in trouble so I start doing it when I’m young,” said student Zackary Saunders. “I can tell you, you know, whenever I had kids like, yeah, you know, when I was your age, I had to ride in a patrol car and go shopping with a police officer. How cool is that?”
Police purchases are supported entirely by donations and no tax dollars are used in the program.