HERKIMER -- Walmart and Mohawk, Ilion, and Herkimer Police officers teamed up for the holidays to give back to local children in need.
With the help of a grant from Walmart, students were chosen from Herkimer Elementary School to join officers on a shopping trip.
Students from Central Valley were also in attendance to help out.
Walmart store manager, Chris Beaulac, says every year he has a $10,000 budget to give back to the community. From that budget, $2,500 was granted to The Herkimer Police Department this year to aid in 'Shop With a Cop'.
"For this area, it's very beneficial to give back to the community," Beaulac said. "We've done local donations we do community relations just to make sure that we have that partnership with the community, and to know that we're here for them to help them out with whatever they need."
The Herkimer Police Chief, Michael Jory, loves giving back to the community.
“Community means everything to us," Jory said. "We didn't take this job not to be involved in the community. To see the smiles on these kids’ faces, to see the parents and they're so thankful, so appreciative of everything we do, and just to spend some quality time with us. So they see that we're people, we're not just police officers. We're their friends and we had a good time with them tonight. It means the world to us”.
Children came out with their families and enjoyed hot chocolate and donuts.
The police chief tells us he hopes to make this an annual event.
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