This year marks the third “Shop with a Cop” event with the Little Falls Walmart. Nearly four dozen community members took time out from their busy schedules to help 47 children purchase gifts for their families.
Funding for this holiday event was received in part from Bernick’s Pepsi ($2,500) and through a Walmart Foundation grant to the Little Falls Police Department ($2,500). Each child received a $100 gift card to spend how they wished.
Members of the Little Falls, Randall, Motley, Royalton and Pierz Police Departments; Camp Ripley, Randall, Pierz and Little Falls Fire Departments; the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, the Little Falls City Council and the Little Falls Schools met at Walmart Tuesday to partner with a child for the afternoon of shopping.
Yasmine Wagner, a seventh grade student from Swanville, partnered with Little Falls Police Department Dispatcher/Records
Technician Ronda Monnier. She said she loves meeting the police officers.
“This event is very nice for the kids,” said Monnier. “It is good for their families and very nice of Walmart to do this.”
Walmart Manager Teresa Kleinschmidt said the event is a highlight of the season for her.
“This is my sixth or seventh year hosting this event,” Kleinschmidt said. “I did it in both St. Cloud and Alexandria and it’s my third year here.”
Kleinschmidt also said what touched her heart was seeing the children purchase gifts for their pets.
Little Falls Police Chief Greg Schirmers said the entire event was impressive.
Each kid had a story to tell,” said Schirmers. “The shopping was done all for the families, with little for themselves. It was very impressive. We all felt very good when finished.”