The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is collecting financial donations to help support the Shop With a Cop program. (Photo by AZemdega/Getty Images via Canva)

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office along with the Corvallis Police Department and Oregon State University Public Safety will be participating in the 28th annual Shop With a Cop event. 

The event brings together law enforcement and social workers to create an opportunity for children to have a positive interaction with law enforcement. Elementary-aged children are invited through local agencies including Benton County Parole and Probation and Self Sufficiency, and child welfare offices of the Department of Human Services. 

Last year, law enforcement took 49 Benton County kids shopping for gifts. 

This year, the goal is to raise $3,750, enough to shop with at least 75 kids. Each participant will receive a gift card to use for shopping. Historically, many public safety professionals dug into their own pockets during the event to ensure the kids were able to purchase exactly what they wanted. 

The program is supported entirely by donations from law enforcement and community members. 

Financial donations are currently being collected. For those interested in donating, checks can be made payable to “The Sheriff’s Foundation” re: Shop with a Cop, and dropped off or mailed to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, 180 NW Fifth St. Corvallis, OR 97330.

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