Iowa City police take young people in need holiday shopping

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police officers in Iowa City are being called to a local discount store — not for a crime, but to help children get a few presents they wouldn’t otherwise this holiday season.

The Iowa City Police Department will take local youth shopping Sunday at a Wal-Mart as part of the Iowa City Police Association’s Shop with a Cop program.

The youth have been pre-selected and will shop with a police officer for necessity items and gifts for themselves, as well as special gifts for family members.

The event is made possible thanks to donations of area residents and businesses. Officers, their families and civilian employees from the police department volunteer their time to shop and celebrate with the children. Durham School Services also will provide transportation for the event.