The Red Bud Police Department’s annual Cops and Kids at Christmas program had another successful year. This year, the police were able to brighten up Christmas for 13 local kids. Following a special event at Santa’s Village on Dec. 18, the police then took the kids shopping for Christmas gifts. Red Bud Police Chief John Brittingham said that the police greatly appreciate the continued support and all of the financial donations from people, businesses and organizations in the community. “I’m so glad that we can do this for the kids. This community is so giving and I’m glad we can pass that on.” Pictured with some of the kids at Santa’s Village are police officers and some of Santa’s elves.
The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office would like to express their appreciation to Chester Walmart, officers from the Chester Police Department, Steeleville Police Department and deputies from the sheriff’s office, who helped put on their annual “Cops and Kids at Christmas” event. Through several generous donations, along with a bucket brigade held on Nov. 10, officers were able to shop with 50 kids and spend $150 on each of them. “It is truly rewarding to be able to give back to these kids and see the smiles on their faces. Personally, I would like to thank all the officers and deputies, as well as their spouses, for volunteering their time to help make all of these kids’ day,” shared Randolph County Sheriff Jarrod Peters.