Annual Heroes and Helpers Shopping Event | Simi Valley Police Department

It is time to spread holiday cheer for those in need, the Simi Valley Police Department is partnering with our local Target Stores to host another highly successful Heroes and Helpers event, formally Shop With a Cop. Heroes and Helpers is a joint effort where local families are paired with a SVPD staff member for a $100 Target gift card shopping spree. By pairing the children up, it builds a positive relationship between the officers and the children of the community. 

The goal is to provide an enjoyable experience to the children of Simi Valley who otherwise may not celebrate the holidays due to family and/or financial hardship. Heroes and Helpers establish lasting relationships between our officers and neighborhood families that promote a community environment of trust, care, and compassion. 

Local youth groups, churches and schools identify those families in crisis that demonstrate a significant financial need. The children benefit from this event.

Once each child purchases essentials, they may shop for other items. It is heartwarming to see these children will often choose to spend the remaining money on family members as opposed to themselves. These kind gestures truly personify a season of goodwill and giving.

Funds are raised by donations from Target Corporation, Simi Valley Police Foundation, SVPD Police Officers Association and SVPD Managers Association. 

For additional information regarding this event please contact Crime Prevention Coordinator, Jean-Marie Maroshek.

Contact Information: Jean-Marie Maroshek | Crime Analysis and Prevention Unit 
805-583-6276 | [email protected]

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