Applications now being accepted for Shop with a Cop

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Oregon County Sheriff Eric King participated in last year’s Shop with a Cop at Thayer Walmart. Applications for this year’s event are now being accepted.
Renee Janes

Officers and emergency personnel in Oregon County will once again gather to help make the holidays extra special this year for area children. The annual Shop with a Cop has been scheduled and applications will be accepted until Thursday, Nov. 30 and may be picked up at the Thayer Police Department.

This year’s event is planned to be held Saturday, Dec. 9 at Thayer Walmart.

Shop with a Cop is made possible by donations from individuals and organizations. The Thayer Police Department also holds a gun giveaway.

Tickets are still being sold for the gun giveaway, which will be given away the second week of December. The cost of the tickets is one for $1 or seven for $5.

This year, James Albritton, who was the winner of the drawing, gave the gun back to the police department to raise more money for Shop with a Cop.

The guidelines are the same as previous years and are as follows.

For a child to participate in Shop with a Cop, the child must be between the ages of 1 to 12 and the transportation for the child must be provided to and from the store.

It is asked that the child not take part in the event more than three times, so that other children are allowed the opportunity to be able to take part. If a child has been through the program more than three times, or if they have been approved for another program, it is asked for them to not take an application, so other children may be able to benefit throughout the community. All questions on the application must be answered. If the application is not fully completed, it will not be considered for the event.

Once all applications are in, they will be reviewed, and children will be selected for the event. The parents of the children will be notified as to if they have been chosen to participate. It is asked that individuals do not call to ask if they have been selected, as the department will call.

There are many opportunities and great organizations that work to make sure area children have a memorable Christmas. In addition to Shop with a Cop, the Mitten Tree and area churches help to provide gifts this time of year.

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