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Burbank teens 'Shop with a Cop'

December 08, 2011
  • Burbank Police Department cadets Gabriel Deavila and Neil Marasigan point out gift ideas to Gregorio Pineda, 17, of Burbank, at Target at the Empire Center in Burbank on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Burbank Police Department cadets Gabriel Deavila and…

Burbank police officers on Wednesday partnered with Target for the “Shop with a Cop” event at the Empire Center.

The event is meant to foster relationships between the community and law enforcement by pairing police officers with low-income youth to shop for holiday gifts for their families, police said in a statement.

The Burbank Temporary Aid Center helped to identify underprivileged teens aged 14 to 17 who were in need of assistance this holiday season.

Each teenager received a gift card, courtesy of Target, to spend on Christmas gifts. Often a child will buy presents for everyone in their family, but must be persuaded by officers to purchase a present of their own, organizers said.

After the shopping ended, the teens were brought back to the Burbank Police station, where they were provided a meal by local restaurant Ciao Cristina.

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-- Maria Hsin, Times Community News

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