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For the fifth year in a row, the Blaine Police Department teamed with Blaine SuperTarget to make the holiday season extra special for some local children. This year members of theSpring Lake Park, Blaine, Mounds View Fire Department, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, Fridley Police Department, Lino Lakes Police Department, and the Centennial Lakes PoliceDepartment joined in with helping the children complete their holiday gift buying.
The Blaine Festival committee made an extra special donation to the event this year, which helped us to be able to assist a larger number of children than ever before.
School social workers helped identify children from six local elementary schools, who needed an extra special holiday season. Target, with the help of many of their employees, then put together a special holiday shopping event for each these children.
To make the day special, the officers and firefighters, all wearing Santa hats, picked up the children at school prior to their shopping spree. Once they arrived at SuperTarget, childrenreceived a donated gift card to complete holiday shopping for their family members.
Donations from Target, and the Blaine Festival Committee, were used to fund the donated gift cards. Funds were also set aside for non-gift necessities such as food, underwear, socks, boots, and mittens.
The children, many with shopping lists in hand, were paired with police officers, deputies, and fire helpers to guide them throughout the store. They were also treated to a meal at Target’s Food Avenue. After loading their carts and purchasing the presents, cops, firefighters, and kids gathered with Target employees to wrap the gifts.
At the end of the day, the police officers, deputies, and fire fighters returned the children home with bags of presents to share with their families so they could help spread the holiday cheer at home this season.