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Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office holds Shop with a Deputy event

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Grand Forks County Sheriff's Sgt. Andy Schneider helps hand out gifts to children Monday evening during the agency's fourth annual Shop with a Deputy event at Target. (Sydney Mook / Grand Forks Herald) 2 / 2

The Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office is hoping to make Christmas a little brighter for 19 children as a part of the department’s fourth annual Shop with a Deputy event.

The event provides less fortunate children from the rural areas of the county a chance to provide their families with a good Christmas, Sgt. Andy Schneider said.

“We wanted to send them all home with a smile,” he said.

The event was founded by the Grand Forks County Deputies Association. This year, the law enforcement agency partnered with First Community Credit Union and local businesses around the county to provide each child with about $125 worth of gift cards to Target.

The UND Police Department also donated $750 to the cause, Schneider said. The association does fundraisers throughout the year, he said.

The event helps build a relationship with youth in the county, Schneider said.

“It’s a big deal for us, as law enforcement officers, to see kids in a positive environment and let them know that we are there to help them, and we are good people,” he said. “When there are troubles, we want them to know they’re able to run to us and not from us.”

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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