Forty-two law enforcement personnel from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Corvallis Police Department, Oregon State University Police and Department of Public Safety participated in the 27th annual “Shop with a Cop” event on Dec. 4.
Sixty-one elementary-age children were invited through agencies including Benton County Parole and Probation and Self Sufficiency and child welfare offices of the Department of Human Services. However, only 49 were able to participate.
The Corvallis Fred Meyer hosted this year’s event and provided refreshments for employees, volunteers and family. They also offered each child a $10 coupon.
A $50 gift card was presented to each child although many public safety professionals dug into their own pockets to ensure the kids got what they wanted.
Shop with a Cop gives children an opportunity to see law enforcement officers in a different light.
“Not only do these children go home with a warm coat or a special toy,” said Sheriff Van Arsdall, “but also with the memory of a new friend in law enforcement. And to be honest, this event is just as meaningful to all of us as it is to the kids.”
The program is supported entirely by donations with financial contributions collected year-round.
Organizers expressed thanks to the Corvallis Police Officers’ Association, Benton County Sheriff’s Office employees, Benton County commissioners and community members for the $2,165 raised to make the event a success.
For those interested in supporting this event, make a check out to “The Sheriff’s Foundation – Shop with a Cop” and send it to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, 180 NW Fifth St, Corvallis, OR 97330.
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