DeKalb police making a list, checking it twice for annual shopping event

Cash donations sought for Dec. 9 for Heroes and Helpers event

DeKALB – DeKalb police are asking for donations for their annual Heroes and Helpers event, which will take place Dec. 9 at Target, 2555 Sycamore Road.

The department and Target partner to provide underprivileged local children with toys. Although the event is weeks away, the department is seeking cash donations – no amount is too small – to best fill those children’s stockings.

Participating children are either residents of DeKalb or part of DeKalb School District 428. With the help of a DeKalb police officer, each child will get to choose $100 worth of Christmas presents from Target on Dec. 9. Target staff members and other community volunteers will wrap the gifts, while the children enjoy snacks, refreshments and coloring with the officers.

In 2017, the program assisted 40 children and their families. Those interested in making a donation should do so before Dec. 1, and can drop off checks or a contribution at the front desk of the DeKalb Police Station, 700 W. Lincoln Highway, or contact community relations officer Kelly Sullivan at 815-748-8446. Checks can be made payable to the DeKalb PB and PA, Police Benevolent and Protective Association.

Those who donate $100 will be able to nominate a child to be a part of the program and ensure that donation goes directly to that child.

*Story provided by By KELSEY RETTKE with the Daily Chronicle