RPD joins churches, Wal-Mart to provide holiday shopping spree
The Redlands Police Department will provide motor escort for more than 60 elementary school children, along with members of two local churches during the annual “Souled Out for Kids” Christmas shopping spree Thursday, Dec. 6.
Redlands Police Department Officers will be on hand at 9 a.m. as members of Pathway Church and Redlands Christian Center take a group of underprivileged children from Franklin, Lugonia and Mentone elementary schools on the $100 Christmas shopping spree at Wal-Mart.
The annual event was started by the Youth Ministries at Pathway Church in Redlands. Staff and members of both churches will escort the elementary school children on the shopping spree. Money for the shopping spree was donated by church members and an additional $1,500 has been provided by Wal-Mart.
Pathway Church’s senior pastor, Jonathan Jarboe, who also serves as a volunteer chaplain and reserve police officer for the Redlands Police Department, will also be on hand at the event.
The partnership between the Redlands Police Department and the local churches is part of the department’s community policing strategy, which involves cooperation with community groups, including faith-based organizations, to address factors that contribute to a reduction in crime and promoting strong families and safe neighborhoods.
For more information on “Souled Out for Kids,” contact Pathway Church at (909) 793-2448.
Redlands Police Officer Chris Mead and Santa Claus help an elementary school child choose a gift for a family member during a Christmas shopping spree at Wal-Mart. For several years the Police Department has worked with local churches and Wal-Mart who provide the funds to take underprivileged children on the Christmas shopping spree.