Con­sider do­nat­ing to Shop With a Cop pro­gram

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Lt. Matt John­son Span­ish Fork City Po­lice Depart­ment

As we en­joy the lovely fall weather, I would like to ask you to look ahead to the Christ­mas sea­son. The Span­ish Fork and Salem City po­lice de­part­ments are cur­rently mak­ing prepa­ra­tions to co­or­di­nate the 26th An­nual Shop With a Cop pro­gram, which will take place on Satur­day, Dec. 17, at the Span­ish Fork Wal­mart.

The Shop With a Cop pro­gram in­volves law en­force­ment of­fi­cers from all agen­cies in Utah County in 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 se­lects Christ­mas gifts for their fam­ily mem­bers while shop­ping at Wal­mart.

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 of­fi­cer­stravel to a lo­cal school where break­fast is pre­pared and served. Upon com­ple­tion of break­fast, the of­fi­cers and chil­dren re­turn to Wal­mart where the Christ­mas shop­ping spree be­gins.

In or­der to pro­vide a suc­cess­ful pro­gram, Shop With a Cop needs spon­sor­ship. The goal for 2016 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 Dec. 17. If you are avail­able to vol­un­teer your time to wrap gifts, please ar­rive at Wal­mart at 7:15 a.m.

To help spon­sor our pro­gram, please make checks payable to “Utah County Shop With a Cop” and mail to Utah County Shop With a Cop, P.O. Box 1373, Span­ish Fork, Utah, 84660. You may also de­liver your do­na­tion to your lo­cal po­lice depart­ment in Span­ish Fork and Salem. Utah County Shop With a Cop is a reg­is­tered char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion. For non-mone­tary do­na­tions or fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Lieu­tenant John­son by phone at 801-804- 4722 or by email at mjohn­son@span­ish­fork.org.

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