11/25/2019- While many people have already started ticking things off their holiday shopping list, this can be a difficult time of year for those who are unable to afford gifts for their loved ones. But an event sponsored by Bay Cities Radio is stepping in to make Christmas a little brighter for some of these families. The annual Shop with a Cop program is back in its 19th year, pairing kids in need with a law enforcement officer to pick out a few special items to put under the tree. Becky Brill is coordinating the event and says children from 70 families throughout Marinette and Menominee Counties are taking part this year.
“It offers our community an opportunity to show their support and teach the children the joy of being able to give a special gift to their family members. Shop with a Cop not only allows a child to receive a much-deserved shopping spree, if affords a law enforcement professional quality time to spend with the children from the community they serve.”
Brill says Shop with a Cop couldn’t happen without community support and critical donations of time, money, and supplies to the program. Nearly four dozen businesses and organizations have pitched in to help this year, but Brill says there’s still room for more.
“We rely on the generous donations from our community, local businesses, and nonprofit organizations. If you’d like to donate, we’d gladly accept cash donations and are still in need of gift bags of all sizes, tape, wrapping paper, gift tags, and tissue paper.”
Donations to Shop with a Cop will be accepted through December 4th and can be dropped off at Bay Cities Radio at 844 Pierce Ave in Marinette or call 715-735-0225 for more information.