“We are extremely excited again for this wonderful program and the opportunity to help those families that are in need”, said Chief Lynn Excell, Hurricane City Police Department.
This year the Hurricane Valley and the Washington County Shop with a Cop will take 100 kids shopping. We are thrilled to be able to bring Law Enforcement Agencies from all over the county together to provide this program to the communities.
“I am continually amazed at the support that is contributed to this program from local businesses, the public and the Law Enforcement community. It seems to grow every year,” said Washington County Sheriff Cory Pulsipher.
We have many wonderful organizations and individuals who contribute to this program. This year each child will be escorted by an Officer and will receive $100 to shop with.
“We have many individual sponsors who donate funding to the program through the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Without this support, we would not be able to help this many youth. We would like to thank all the Officers who donate their time to make this program a success,” said Washington County Chief Deputy Shauna Jones.
“I have been involved in Shop with a COP for the last 30 years and each year have looked forward to this opportunity. The Washington City Police Department since 2005 has been involved locally with Shop with a COP. We are grateful to be part of this tradition in our profession. It is very rewarding to spend time with the children and see
some of their wishes come true, that otherwise may not have. It helps us as Officers, feel the real spirit and understand the true meaning of Christmas,” said Chief Jim Keith, Washington City Police Department.
The children that are chosen to participate in this program are from KONY Coins for Kids. We have a great relationship with this program and they have been able to help provide us with names of youth that we can help. The children chosen are from all over Washington County. We have split the areas into the East side of the County and those youth who are living there will go with Officers from that same area and will be shopping at the Hurricane Wal‐Mart. Youth from the West side will be going to the Washington and Bloomington Wal‐Mart’s. The Wal‐Mart Stores and Distribution Center have been a large supporter of this program for several years now and because of this we shop at their stores.
The children will be meeting with Officers and having breakfast together and then they will go shopping. The breakfast is being sponsored by Sysco Foods and Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Administrators from local Law Enforcement will be assisting with providing this breakfast.
After breakfast, Officers and youth will be traveling together in their Law Enforcement vehicles with lights and sirens to the store they are assigned to. So if you see a large group of police vehicles with emergency lights on, you will know this is the Shop with a Cop program. This is one of the only times that we will travel with our lights and sirens in a non‐ emergency situation; we feel it is part of the excitement and the joy for these children to ride in a police car with the emergency lights and siren operating.
Officers have said one reason they have enjoyed this program is seeing the joy on the faces of these youth as they are shopping. Another reason is the heartfelt feeling they have received when they take the children home to parents who express their thanks for this wonderful program.
There are so many people with such big hearts that are very willing to help with a program knowing they are helping a child who may not have received a Christmas gift if it was not for them. We are very thankful to all those who made this program possible.
We would like to also thank the Hurricane City Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George Police Department, Santa Clara Ivins Police Department and Washington City Police Department for their efforts in obtaining funding for this program.
Sponsors we would like to recognize:
Wal-Mart Distribution Center Sysco Foods
Hurricane Wal-Mart Mountain America Credit Union
Washington Wal-Mart Cedar Post Pawn
Bloomington Wal-Mart Biggest Loser Resort
Red Mountain Spa Lightfoots Convenience Store
KONY Coins for Kids Calvary Chaple Hurricane Valley
Cache Valley Bank State Bank of Southern Utah
Text180.com Western Mining and Minerals
Don & Joann Ipson Desert Rodders Club Anonymous Individual Donors Boulevard Home Furnishings Private Donors
We would like to thank all the agencies involved for their participation and especially those agencies that played a huge part in organizing and planning this event.