With the holiday season just around the corner, the Deschutes County Sheriff¡¦s Office is once again preparing for its annual SHOP WITH A COP charity event.
SHOP WITH A COP was developed to help make the holidays brighter for disadvantaged families in the Deschutes County area. Since its beginning in 2001, the program has helped more than 60 children with more than 500 gifts given.
Last year’s SHOP WITH A COP was a big success. Law Enforcement Officers from the Deschutes County Sheriff¡¦s Office, Bend Police Department and Redmond Police Department hosted youth from the Deschutes County area.
This year’s event will begin on Monday December 15th, when officers and their special young guests will once again head off to Wal-Mart via Police car for an evening of shopping, eating, gift wrapping and fun. We have seen our need grow and this year we will use both Wal-Marts as our host stores.
Children are referred to the program by local organizations such as churches, schools, and other agencies. The local FAN advocates help see that everyone on the list gets some help. They then select the ones who are most in need. The SHOP WITH A COP program allows officers to interact with children in an uplifting atmosphere.
We emphasized the importance of donations in keeping the event going. While the event is supported in part by individual gifts from Law Enforcement salaries and community organizations, it is the community that really allows the departments to help as many children as they do.
Last year we took the number of gifts needed and divided it into the number of dollars raised. Each child had $22.00 to spend on each family member. The only provision was that they had to by a gift for themselves. This gift was often the hardest to find. The children wanted to spend more on others and nothing on themselves.
If you wish to donate, please make your checks payable to: Wal-Mart ¡§SHOP WITH A COP¡¨
Cash donations can be dropped off at the Sheriff¡¦s Office
SHOP WITH A COP contact person: Deputy Del Abbott
c/o Deschutes County Sheriff¡¦s Office
63333 Hwy 20 West
Bend, OR 97701
Deschutes County Sheriff¡¦s Office
“Shop With A Cop”
–A positive Law Enforcement experience for a young child whose life may be filled with other experiences.
–A growing number of children in need and children served.
–Local involvement, three school districts, FAN (Family Access Network), churches and other services and agencies.
–Third annual “Shop With A Cop” event.
–Brighter holidays for local disadvantaged families.
–Cooperative Law Enforcement effort, Bend Police, Redmond Police and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
–Expanding to both area Wal-Mart stores, Bend and Redmond.
–Donations of all type needed:
Doll House Raffle
Bend Wal-Mart Nov./1st, 15th/2003
Redmond Wal-Mart Nov./8th, 22nd/2003
To help wrap presents
To help shop (Have you ever shopped with someone who has never seen money?)
To plan and help set up greeting parties. (Need help now!)
To stuff gift bags.
“Shop With A Cop” (This year’s shopping date is December 15, 2003)
Contact Person Deputy Del Abbott
1. Checks payable to: (Wal-Mart “Shop With A Cop”)
2. Drop off or mail to:
Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office
63333 Hwy. 20 West
Bend, OR 97756