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A Christmas for everyone in Plainfield

Madhu Mayer | 12/6/2017, 1:05 p.m.
The Village of Plainfield doesn't just believe in wishing everyone a happy holiday season. Officials also want to show the ...
Shorewood police officer Adam Beaty helps Domineek, 5, try on a pair of new winter boots at the village’s annual Shop with a Cop event. Photo by Brock A. Stein

The Village of Plainfield doesn't just believe in wishing everyone a happy holiday season. Officials also want to show the spirit of the season to children who are not expecting many presents under the Christmas tree this year.

The Plainfield Village Board authorized buying 40 $300 Target gift cards for the Shop with A Cop program. The $12,000 purchase will allow qualified children in Plainfield Community and Oswego School districts on Dec. 22 to shop for gifts with a Plainfield police officer at a local Target store.

"Under this program, the school districts nominate worthy children whose families are struggling financially," explained Police Chief John Konopek. "The students gain an opportunity to shop with a Plainfield police officer and purchase Christmas presents for their families."

The $12,000 authorization will allow the village to provide up to 40 students with "much needed holiday cheer," he added.

Konopek told the board that the $12,000 expense will come out of the department's charitable funds account.

Sylvia Hernandez of Joliet, whose financially strapped family benefitted from the Shop with A Cop program last year, said the gesture is greatly appreciated.

"We really wanted to have toys and games for the kids under the Christmas tree," said the mother of two. "It is great Plainfield police allowed our family to have a wonderful holiday season."