Spokane County Sheriff's deputies, Spokane police officers and SCOPE volunteers helped twenty children get ready to head back to class with a Salvation Army Back to School shopping spree.
The shopping spree, now in its seventh year, gave those kids, who live in shelters at the Salvation Army, a $100 Target gift card which they used to spend on back to school items, with cops and deputies giving them a hand with their shopping.
“I shopped with a cop,” Gage Driggs, 7, said. “I bought a '5 Nights of Freddie' shirt, a Captain America hoodie and two pairs of shorts and shirts.”
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said 36 deputies and officers and volunteers helped children in grades kindergarten though middle school get their shopping done.
"These are kids that come from low income situations. Kids are really special to us," he said.
"It's wonderful to see the smiles on their faces and when they get up to check out line and see what is in their bag," Sheila Geraghty with the Salvation Army said.
Gage Briggs, along with Dylen Blevens, said they not only liked the back to school items, they especially enjoyed shopping side by side with the officers as well.
"My officer is cool because he is not stuck up and really strict," Blevens, who is 12, said.
“That's a good evaluation. I don't think I'm stuck up and I hope I'm not too strict,” Spokane Police Lt. Matthew Cowles said.
"My officer is really nice and I hope that i can do this next year if it goes next year," Gage said.
Geraghty hopes to continue the event next year and says the money comes in part from a grant from Target and back to school donations made by the community.