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APD and Crime Stoppers holds its 26th Annual Cops For Kids Event

The Albuquerque Police Department and Crime Stoppers held its 26th annual Cops for Kids event this weekend for 100 families and 157 kids.

Dec.15, 2020

The Albuquerque Police Department and Crime Stoppers held its 26th annual Cops for Kids event this weekend. 100 families and 157 kids were assisted this holiday season.

Due to Covid, this year’s Cops for Kids event was held in a different way. Usually, officers would pick up the children and take them to stores like Walmart to pick out gifts. However, this year to keep everyone safe, volunteers from Crime Stoppers and APD Chaplains gathered gifts and had them wrapped and ready to go for the officers to pick up.

On Sunday, officers with APD, Corrales Police, BCSO, State Police and APS Police arrived in a drive through type setting and the gifts and meals were placed in their units. The officers then personally drove to the children’s homes to hand deliver the gifts.

This year, Cottonwood Mall provided 20 gifts and Golden Pride made 150 burritos for the children.

APD’s Chaplain Unit donated stuffed animals and Walmart provided turkeys, food baskets and blankets for the families.

Cops for Kids is a philanthropic event held every year to help underprivileged children in our community. Anywhere from 110 to 125 children are selected and paired with an officer. The gifts provided to them are often the only Christmas gifts they’ll receive.

To see video from this year’s event, please visit our Facebook page.