The purpose of the event is to foster positive relationships between youth and Law Enforcement. Young kids, K – 6th grade are selected each year during the holiday season to shop at one of the local area stores to purchase gifts for members of their immediate family. Each child is given a small amount of money to spend, normally $100-$200 depending on the size of the child’s immediate family. Approximately 1-2 children are assigned to each Trooper personnel, who then escorts them around the local stores and assists in selecting appropriate gifts for each family member. The children are told, and understand, that the money is not for personal use and must only be spent on family members. If money is left over they will have the option to purchase a gift for their self. After shopping, the children will eat lunch, wrap their gifts, and continue to get to know the Alaska State Troopers. The deadline for donations is December 13th.
Thank you for your support and if you have any further questions please feel free to call Trooper Merritt at (907)895-4800.