Packers players, law enforcement help kids holiday shop
It’s the most wonderful, and busiest, time of year for holiday shopping.
For a handful of Northeast Wisconsin kids, this year’s shopping trip came with some help.
“What better demographic than to start with children? Our hope is not only do they have this experience today with officers and Packers, but that they build a relationship,” says Ryan Windorff, president of Green Bay Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #2.
Thirty-two kids from Green Bay had the shopping spree of their lives Monday night with the help of seven Northeast Wisconsin law enforcement departments and some Green Bay Packers, too.
Each kid was awarded a $100 gift card to Target and gathered gifts from across the store with some help.
“We are pairing up local children with officers and Packers players, and we're sponsoring a shopping trip so they can buy gifts for their family members that they might not otherwise be able to afford,” Windorff explains.
While some were excited to see their favorite Packers player and snag an autograph, others were more excited to see local law enforcement.
"I got it for my birthday, and I'm wearing it today because I'm part of the police,” says 7-year-old Gabe, showing off his Green Bay Police Department uniform.
Officers say it’s that kind of enthusiasm that makes events like this all the more exciting.
“It's refreshing. It's really good to see. It gives me a lot of hope,” one officer said.
The event was made possible by Ha Ha’s Hero Foundation, the organization created by former Packers player Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
“We started planning this before he got traded,” Windorff explains. “So we're thankful that he was passionate it about it to follow through and continue with it, which shows his commitment to the community, even though he no longer lives here."
This marks the first year of the event, one organizers hope will continue for holiday seasons to come.