Washoe County kids in need 'Shop with a Sheriff' for Christmas gifts
Hundreds of toys at the Wal-Mart in Damonte Ranch are ready to fly off the shelves and head home to children in need this holiday season. How many children? Over two hundred and fifty kids this year will share the joy of the holiday with deputies of the Washoe County Sheriff's Office 16th annual "Shop with the Sheriff" event.
Washoe County Sheriff's deputies, and volunteers with the Washoe County Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association, take underprivileged kids shopping for Christmas gifts. The event gives the children in need $200 to spend on Christmas presents for themselves or their family.
Sheriff's deputies say, each year, many of the kids will end up purchasing clothing and toiletries as well, such as jackets, socks and underwear. Each child that attends is pre-selected through local non-profit social service agencies and the Washoe County School District.
The 'Shop with a Sheriff' program is funded by the Washoe County Honorary Deputy Sheriff's Association, which donated $50,000 for this year's event.