Shop with a Cop seeks do­na­tions

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Matt John­son

As we en­joy the lovely fall weather, I would like to ask you to look ahead to the Christ­mas sea­son. The Span­ish Fork City Po­lice Depart­ment is cur­rently mak­ing prepa­ra­tions to co­or­di­nate the 25th An­nual Shop With A Cop Pro­gram which will take place on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 13, 2014 at the Span­ish Fork K-Mart.

The Shop With A Cop Pro­gram in­volves law en­force­ment of­fi­cers from all agen­cies in Utah County, donat­ing their time to take a group of chil­dren on a Christ­mas shop­ping spree. Chil­dren are se­lected by re­fer­rals from so­cial ser­vice agen­cies. Do­nated gift cards are pro­vided to each child who then se­lect Christ­mas gifts for their fam­ily mem­bers while shop­ping at K-Mart.

The chil­dren are paired with uni­formed law en­force­ment of­fi­cers who travel with the chil­dren in their po­lice ve­hi­cles to the Fes­ti­val of Lights. After trav­el­ing through the Fes­ti­val of Lights the chil­dren and of­fi­cers travel to a lo­cal school where break­fast is pre­pared and served. Upon com­ple­tion of break­fast the of­fi­cers and chil­dren re­turn to K-Mart where the Christ­mas shop­ping spree be­gins.

In or­der to pro­vide a suc­cess­ful pro­gram, Shop With A Cop needs spon­sor­ship. The goal for 2014 is to take at least 150 chil­dren shop­ping. I am ask­ing that you con­sider mak­ing a do­na­tion to the Shop With A Cop pro­gram to help Utah County Law En­force­ment Of­fi­cers make Christ­mas a lit­tle more en­joy­able for th­ese chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.

We are also in need of vol­un­teers to wrap pack­ages on the morn­ing of De­cem­ber 13th. If you are avail­able to vol­un­teer your time please con­tact the K-Mart Ser­vice Desk at 801-798-9856.

To help spon­sor our pro­gram, please make checks payable to “K-Mart Shop With A Cop” and mail to Lieu­tenant Matt John­son, C/O Span­ish Fork City Po­lice Depart­ment, 789 West Cen­ter Street, Span­ish Fork, Utah, 84660. For non-mon­e­tary do­na­tions or fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Lieu­tenant John­son at 801-804-4722. E-mail mjohn­son@span­ish­fork.org.

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