South Holland police assumed control of the council room at Village Hall to spread holiday cheer to five local families. A look of pure joy on the faces of children and their parents is just what officers were hoping for on the evening of Dec. 18, as they presented toys and food baskets for less fortunate families.
As parents and children arrived to Village Hall and entered the council room, they were greeted by an assembly of carolers extoling the joy and cheer of the season. Police administrators, officers and support staff sang in unison alongside village officials, including Trustee Larry DeYoung, Deputy Village Administrator Pat Mahon, as well as members of the Emergency Services Disaster Agency, and graduates of the Citizen Police Academy, among others.
At the conclusion of a string of Christmas songs, a special guest appearance by South Holland’s very own Santa delighted the hearts of more then 20 local children. Kids and parents alike relished the opportunity to share their special Christmas wishes with Santa, capturing their memory of this special evening through quick snaps of photos.
After bellies were filled from a buffet of appetizers and desserts and Santa delivered resounding season’s greetings, uniformed officers rounded this special night with a distribution of wrapped toys and baskets filled with a variety of food products donated by South Holland businesses.
This initiative is the creation of members of South Holland Police Department’s PSA team and supported wholeheartedly by the Village Board, administration, and local businesses. Members of the team are Police Chief Greg Baker, Lt. Mike Becka, Sgts. Chris LaReau and Shaun Staples, and Officers Kirk Kremski, Marita Patterson and Robert Williams.
For the South Holland Police Department, hosting this holiday event is more meaningful than giving gifts of toys and foods. The event showed the human side of officers, which oftentimes goes unnoticed by residents.
It is important for parents and children to build a relationship with police. It’s important for residents to see and feel the true heart of these individuals who selflessly serve and protect the community.
At the end of the day, it was more than good will filling the air of the council room. New relationships were formed and some South Holland children become more comfortable, trusting and respectful of police who demonstrated their genuine care for the community.