Programs provide holiday cheer for children, single moms

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(KSL News) Salt Lake County police agencies responded to the same call today: the call from Santa.

Santa Claus arrived by helicopter to a Kmart in West Jordan to kick off the annual "Shop With a Cop" program. It's an event police officers look forward to every year.

Chief Chris Snyder of the South Salt Lake Police Department said, "It's just a great opportunity to get together with the kids and just do something nice for them."

Each child got $150 to spend, and in most cases they picked out presents for their brothers and sisters.

Meanwhile at Granite High School in Salt Lake, 250 single moms and their children enjoyed an early Christmas this morning.

Programs provide holiday cheer for children, single moms

Mothers got to pick out toys for their kids, and the children got to pick out a gift for their moms. The event was sponsored by Soroptomist International, an organization that strives to improve the lives of women and children.

Karen Mecham of Soroptomist International said, "We do this annually to celebrate the fact all these single mothers are working hard at becoming self-reliant."

Soroptimist members also gave the moms bags of clothing for their children.

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