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Santa Cops Provide Children with Gifts this Holiday Season

December 19, 2022 by  
Filed under Extra

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Foundation can’t think of a merrier way to celebrate than hosting its annual Santa Cops with more than 200 children enjoying a fun-filled morning shopping with LVMPD officers at Walmart.

Participating children come from low-income families who are unable to provide holiday gifts, with selected clothes and presents for themselves and family members. Each LVMPD Area Command chose children to experience one-on-one officer engagement based on need, and allowed the children to experience law enforcement as caring people who are willing to provide positive support.

More than 250 LVMPD officers from all Area Commands, SWAT, K-9, and Armor sections became shopping buddies as they waited for the arrival of Santa by LVMPD helicopter. Children experienced fun activities including letter-writing to Santa, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and The Grinch, a meet and greet with UFC fighters, and yummy treats from Pinkbox Doughnuts.

Funded by contributions to the LVMPD Foundation from Walmart, Anthem, and Health Plan of Nevada, Santa Cops helps law enforcement give back to the communities they serve and as part of the Foundation’s Holiday Gift & Give campaign that supports community engagement initiatives including: Shop with a Cop, children paired with officers to help pick out the perfect gift; Holiday Family Meals; SWAT Bicycle Drive, hundreds of bicycles to Superheroes for Sully for Chet Buchanan’s Toy Drive with HELP of Southern Nevada; Youth Holiday events; and Women of Metro’s Christmas at Child Haven, a safe shopping experience for children at Child Haven.

Donations to the LVMPD Foundation during the holiday season supports children in underserved neighborhoods and positive community-police engagement events that uplift families in need.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that raises funds to support and supplement Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department programs and initiatives. The LVMPD Foundation was established in 1999 and is dedicated to supporting LVMPD area commands, special units, equipment, training, and hundreds of community engagement programs and initiatives that build relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officers are here to Protect and Serve our community, and together with law enforcement, we can help make our neighborhoods safer for all. Please join us in our important work by contributing at www.lvmpdfoundation.org

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