Police shop for Christmas presents with local children

By News Staff

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NEW BEDFORD (WLNE) – Police Officers from several Massachusetts departments shopped for Christmas gifts with disadvantaged children Saturday morning as part of the annual Presents with Police event.

Around 100 officers from New Bedford, Acushnet, Fairhaven and Halifax accompanied approximately 100 disadvantaged children on a shopping trip to a Dartmouth area Target Saturday to select Christmas presents for themselves and their families.

The annual event assures these underprivileged children that they and their families will have gifts to open on Christmas morning, while providing an opportunity for the children to bond with officers in their communities.  

Following their shopping trip, the children returned by bus to Keith Middle School in New Bedford where they and the officers wrapped their gifts and enjoyed a pizza lunch.

The event, organized by Officer Jeremy DeMello, was made possible by financial contributions from New Bedford Police Union, Target, Tremblay’s Bus Company, Shuster Corporation, Pepsi, Dunkin’ Donuts, Buster’s Sports Bar and Grill and the officers themselves.

This is the third year that New Bedford Police have organized this event.

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