The Palm Springs Police Department is looking to make a positive impact on the lives of local children this holiday season.
A deserving group of children will have the opportunity to “Shop with a Cop” for holiday gifts of their choosing.
PSPD hosted the Pickleball fundraising event Thursday evening at Villagefest.
For $20, people could play or practice their skills on the court. For $25, people got the chance to face-off against PSPD Chief Andrew Mills in a 1-on-1 game for a chance to win a limited edition PSPD baseball hat.
All proceeds will go towards the department's 'Shop with a Cop' event.
"There are kids truly in need. As long as there are kids in need we want to do this," said Chief Mills. "The second thing is, it gives us the opportunity to build a relationship with the community. Working together is how you build bonds, the bonds can't be separated so working together to do something for somebody else that's what the Christmas spirit, Hanukkah spirit is all about. So we really wanted to tell everybody come on down and have a great time."
Many children participating are members of the local Boys and Girls Club or have been selected by Palm Springs Unified School District as an outstanding student.
The community's donation makes 'Shop with a Cop' possible by pairing a deserving child with an officer to help out with their holiday shopping.