Shop with a sheriff program helps children enjoy Christmas

Posted at 12:42 PM, Dec 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-21 14:46:02-05

MERIDIAN, Idaho — The Ada County Sheriff's Association hosted their annual shop with a sheriff event Saturday to pass on Christmas cheer to children in our community.

Several different law enforcement organizations teamed up with more than 100 children to buy $200 worth of Christmas presents each.

"It is fabulous, this is one of my favorite days of the year," said Ada County Sheriff Steve Bartlett. "We have members of our business community, our friends and family that come together and make donations so today can happen."

The most magical part was how the kids were more excited to buy presents for their family members than they were to buy stuff for themselves.

"I was actually kind of happy crying because I knew what my grandma needed," said Preston Nance from Star. "I got my grandma a coffee maker and my brother a hot wheels truck."

It is an important day for law enforcement as they get to have a positive impact in the community while getting to know these kids.

The day started with breakfast at the Eagle's Lodge, and at times it was hard to tell whether it was the children or the officers who were having more fun.

But one thing is for sure, Preston Nance is now looking forward to Christmas morning. "Because I know what my family is going to get and I'm really excited."