The Burbank Police Department and Target Stores are working together this holiday season under their “Heroes & Helpers” program, after receiving a $2,000.00 grant from Target, to assist in youth outreach in the community.
Last week, Burbank Police Officers, Police Cadets, and Police Explorers teamed up with 40 children identified through programs by the Family Service Agency, Burbank Boys and Girls Club, and Burbank Boxing Club. The teams shopped together at the Burbank Target store and purchase items for the upcoming holiday season.
Often, children purchase items for everyone in their family but have to be encouraged by the officers to purchase a present of their own.
This event helps to foster strong relationships between the community and law enforcement officials, by pairing police officers with a youth in need to shop for holiday gifts for the teens’ families.
After the shopping has concluded, the children and their parent/guardian were invited to police headquarters, where they were provided a meal and tour of the police station.