EUGENE, Ore.- Eugene Police officers, deputies with the Lane County Sheriff's Office, and University of Oregon police officers buddied up with kids to shop for holiday gifts for their families.
Officers also helped the 25 children buy non-perishable food that will help provide a holiday dinner.
All costs were covered through donations from the Eugene Police Foundation and Northwest Community Credit Union, according to the Eugene Police Department. EPD also partnered up with Fred Meyer's, which is something they've done for several years. This helps provide discounts on purchases, donation of a portion of breakfast for the children and a holiday tree.
EPD Chief Chris Skinner said this is an important holiday tradition for both the department and the children.
"This is the start of the Christmas holiday for us, and we're really excited to be back because we missed last year like so many other things that are important to us, this is a sense of normalcy for us," Skinner said.
Gifts were wrapped by EPD volunteers and employees.