Reno, NV – Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner, a Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) special deputy, helped out with the department’s 17th annual “Shop with the Sheriff” event on Tuesday night.
Over 200 members of the WCSO and the Washoe County Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association met up with 250 underprivileged kids at a South Reno Walmart store so the children could shop for Christmas gifts for their families – and for themselves, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.
The kids, each of whom received a $200 allowance, were selected by nonprofit social services programs and the local school district to participate in the event.
Special Deputy Renner – who most children recognize from his role as Avengers superhero “Hawkeye” – was teamed up with 10-year-old Sebastian Villaflores, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.
The duo picked out a Minnie Mouse chair for Sebastian’s sister, a Paw Patrol toy for his little brother, and video games for another of his brothers.
"Close your eyes and think about your family,” Special Deputy Renner told the little boy at one point. “Anything else pop in your head?"
“I think we’re going to need a second cart!” Sebastian replied with a laugh.
As they shopped for clothes and toys for Sebastian, they found themselves in the Avengers section of the toy aisle, The Reno Gazette Journal reported.
“Oh hey it’s me,” Special Deputy Renner said, before tossing a small Hawkeye action figure into the cart. “Look – I’m a ninja!”
The two-time Academy Award nominee was named as a WCSO special deputy in 2018.
“Jeremy is not only a famous actor, he is a member of this community. Jeremy calls Washoe County home and he wants to be a part of this community, including support for local law enforcement,” the department said in a Facebook post at the time.
Special Deputy Renner was presented with a plaque and badge signifying the honor, and posed for several photos with members of the WCSO.
Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam said that the Shop with the Sheriff event is now in its 17th year, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.
The program was the brainchild of his late father, former Washoe County Sheriff Dennis Balaam.
"It's amazing. You watch, and they're worried about their moms, their friends, their neighbors, they don't worry about themselves. They want to make sure everyone else is taken care of before them, and that is what truly Christmas is about," Sheriff Balaam told the Reno Gazette Journal.
"When you get to tell them, 'Hey, let's go get you something,' and their eyes light up, that's the greatest feeling,” he added.