Canyon County police buy back to school supplies for more than 40 kids

Posted at 9:50 PM, Aug 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-05 23:50:46-04

Back to school season is here and shopping for all those school supplies can be tough for families going through hard times. But some Treasure Valley students are going back to school in style thanks to the help of police in Canyon Country.

"It's really fun to be shopping with a police officer because it's something I've never done before," said 6th grader Amelia Fleck. 

Over 40 kids paired up with police from Canyon County to get ready for school. From backpacks and notebooks, even new clothes. Over $150 worth for each student. 
The money donated to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #29 in Canyon County by community members and local businesses. The kids, some of the most vulnerable the police are sworn to protect and serve. 

"This is the good stuff," said Alesha Boals a Victim witness coordinator for the Canyon County Sheriff's Office. "This is what being in law enforcement is all about the good stuff and connecting with the kids and doing something that is happy instead of sometimes things that are sad." 

It's the third year the fraternal order has hosted the event. The shopping spree not only helps kids get ready to learn but also strengthens the bond between police and the community while giving families going through hard times one less thing to worry about. 

"Since my son was able to participate we wanna give back and help other people," said Shannon Grogan.

Police in Canyon County plan to hold another shopping spree for kids in need again close to Christmas. To donate, click here.