The Burbank Police Department in partnership with Target participated in “Shop with a Cop,” on Wednesday, December 7 at Target, located in the Burbank Empire Center.
This event helps to foster strong relationships between the community and law enforcement officials by pairing police officers with youth in need to shop for holiday gifts for the teens’ families.
The Burbank Temporary Aid Center has helped to identify underprivileged teens aged 14-17, who are generally forgotten, have social or economic needs, and are in need of assistance this holiday season.
Each teenager received a gift card, courtesy of Target, to spend on Christmas gifts. Often a child will buy presents for everyone in their family, but have to be persuaded by the officer to purchase a present of their own. It is a very positive experience not only for the kids that are involved, but also for the officers.
After the shopping concluded, the teens were brought back to the Burbank Police Station, where they were provided a meal by a local restaurant, Ciao Cristina, located at 4201 W. Olive Ave., in Burbank.