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Annual Holiday “Shop with a Cop” Program Grows

By on November 27, 2017

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On Saturday December 2, 2017 the Greece Police Officers, in conjunction with Uniformed Patrolmen’s Association, will be hosting their annual Shop with a Copy Program. Since 1998 the Shop with a Cop Program has been bringing Christmas Spirit to underprivileged children in the Greece community.

This year the program will be helping even more children in the community than it has in previous years. According to Shop with a Cop Coordinator Officer William Murray this year’s annual golf tournament fundraiser, the primary fundraiser for the Shop with a Cop program, was a great success.

In addition Officer Murray was able to secure a grant from the Walmart Foundation for $2500, funds that are designated for the Shop with a Cop Program. The extra funding allows the Shop with a Cop Program to serve all 12 Greece Elementary schools. Previously only three elementary schools were invited to choose students to participate in this program. Four children from each school are selected to participate in Shop with a Cop Day. This year the number of participants has grown from 36 to 48 children.

Officer Murray is very pleased to be able to open this program to all the schools. As a Schools Resource Officer he has seen that there are families in all of the schools that have need of the program. The teachers, counselors and the principals from each of the Greece Elementary schools help select the children based on the most need and they also volunteer at the event to help with arts and crafts, and snacks.  Officer Murray is excited that this year Superintendent Kathleen Graupman will be joining in on the day’s festivities.

The day begins when the children and a parent arrive at the Dewey Avenue Walmart for breakfast and a meet and greet with the uniformed police officers. Officers volunteer their time to spend the day with the children. The program is designed to help instill the Christmas spirit, and to build positive bonds between the children and the law enforcement community. While the kids are interacting with the officers Santa Claus will make a special visit arriving in a police car.

Walmart provides the space for the event, festive Christmas music, pictures with Santa, crafts and a breakfast for all participants and volunteers. The highlight of the day is when each child gets a turn to go Christmas shopping with a Greece Police Officer. Typically each child gets $100 to spend, but Officer Murray anticipates that this year it will be even more thanks to the successful fund raiser and grant.

For more information about the Shop with Cop program, the Uniform Patrolmen’s Association, or to donate to the program visit www.greeceupa.org

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