Nation’s largest ‘Shop with a Cop’ kicks off in Farmington -

Nation’s largest ‘Shop with a Cop’ kicks off in Farmington

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After collecting donations throughout the year, the St. Francois County officers are ready to go on a holiday shopping spree with 500 kids in need Thursday as the nation’s largest ‘Shop with a Cop’ program kicks off.

The shopping starts at 8 a.m. at the Farmington Walmart as police take children from low-income families through the aisles to pick out gifts – all made possible from community donations.

“It’s all about law enforcement giving back to the community is serves,” said Danny Miller, owner of Total Electric in Farmington. Miller’s company is one of the members of the Electrical Connection, one of the program’s biggest contributors. “I’ve seen the faces of these children light up on the shopping excursions. The officers sometimes add a little extra by donating money from their own pockets.”

The Electrical Connection includes collaborations from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local One and the St. Louis chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). The IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection has supported the ‘Shop with a Cop’ program for the past 23 years donating more than $54,000 total.

“We appreciate the Electrical Connection’s enduring support for ‘Shop with a Cop,’” said St. Francois County Sheriff Dan Bullock.  “The quality of IBEW/NECA’s work in our community is not only found in the electrical and communication services it provides, but in its commitment to make our community stronger by helping the less fortunate.”

Anyone interested in donating to ‘Shop with a Cop’ can send donations to the St. Francois Sheriff’s Department.

“The value of ‘Shop with a Cop’ is more than just brightening the holidays,” added Doug Martin, executive vice president of the St. Louis Chapter of NECA.  “Just by engaging these children with this wonderful act of kindness, they learn that police officers and law enforcement are someone they can trust in a time of need.”

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