Shopping spree with public safety

Public safety professionals from the North Branch Police Department, Lakes Region EMS and the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office were paired with area youth Thursday morning for a back-to-school shopping spree.

The event, organized by the Salvation Army, was held at Shopko in North Branch, one of 11 shopping locations across the metro.

The officers, deputies and emergency medical service professionals each had $80 to spend with the child they were paired with, and it’s a bit of a friendly competition each year to see who can get as close to that mark without going over as possible.

“It’s like ‘The Price is Right’ – if you go over, it’s a bust,” Chisago County Sheriff’s Office Captain Keith Hoppe said with a laugh.

For some of the children taking part in the event, this is the first time they’ve received clothing that wasn’t a hand-me-down.

The event is made possible by donations to the Salvation Army.

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