Bloomington Police give back

The holiday season brings many things—family, friends, presents and festive meals. For Bloomington Police Department staff, it also offers a chance to make positive connections with the people they serve.

For the sixth year in a row, BPD and the Joint Community Police Partnership hosted Holiday Helpers in Blue. The program pairs 20 children with officers and a volunteer from the community to shop for holiday gifts to give to their family members. 

“I’ve been involved all six years. It’s the best,” Detective Kerri Nolden said. “Some kids can be shy at first, but by the end a connection is made. I still keep in touch with kids I’ve met through Holiday Helpers.”

BPD also held its third annual Coffee with a Cop and Toys for Tots event and broke its own record for toys collected. People donated more than 1,200 toys, five bikes and $900.