Burbank police share shopping sprees with local youths!

Burbank police share shopping sprees with local youths!

Burbank Town Center was thrilled to play a small part in this wonderful story of community togetherness and community service over the holidays:

From Burbank Leader:
Thirty young shoppers wound their way through the aisles in Target at the Empire Center last Wednesday night, filling carts with an eclectic range of items, from sweaters and lamps to furry jumpsuits and buckets of slime.

The children were there as part of the Burbank Police Department’s annual “Heroes and Helpers” event, which paired up the youths with an officer to go on a holiday shopping spree with a $200 store gift card.

Angela Burrows, an officer with the department’s community resource bureau and the event’s organizer, said the Boys and Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley chose each child based on the financial needs of their family.

It was Lovie Sutton’s fifth year participating in the event and she came prepared with a list. Her cart was filled with items for family and friends, like a shirt for her mom, cookies for her dad and a onesie for a Secret Santa gift.

In addition to the gift cards from Target, the Hilton Garden Inn provided a post-shopping holiday meal, followed by desserts donated by Porto’s. The youths and their families were also provided with gift and food baskets donated by the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, the Burbank Town Center and local resident Lisa Komorowski.

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