5th Annual Shop with a Cop
Shop with a Cop is a unique program in which Conyers Police officers and Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputies share Christmas with children and families in Rockdale County who are in need. Officers and children spend time together, one on one, in an unforgettable holiday shopping experience. This is one way Conyers Police officers make a positive contribution to the community. Shop with a Cop is sponsored primarily by Conyers Wal-Mart. A number of local businesses assist in allowing Shop with a Cop to take place each year. Some of the businesses are: Value Village, Quick-Trip, Chick-Fil-A, McDonald's, Bell’s Grocery, Conyers Honda, and many more, along with private donations. A very special partnership with Mr. and Mrs. Claus has been made and it always brings a smile to the faces of the children to see them and get a hug.
History of Shop with a Cop
The program began in 2008 with sponsorship by the Conyers Police Department. In the first year, Conyers Wal-Mart was the sole partner. In 2008 Shop with a Cop was able to provide Christmas for 32 kids. Since then, the numbers have grown to provide Christmas for approximately 100 children each year.
How are children selected to participate?
Children are recommended for participation in the program by police department members, school employees, social agencies, court system, citizens and other family agencies. The criteria for the children are: they must be a resident of Rockdale County, be in grades K-5th grade, they have a social or economic need and they have not participated in the Shop with a Cop program in the past. We understand that times are hard for the community but they cannot currently be receiving support for Christmas through another charitable program.
When is the 2012 Shop with a Cop?
The event will be Saturday, December 15, 2012 at the Conyers Wal-Mart. Parents and guardians are notified in advance. The location to meet so that the child and officer are partnered up is the Value Village Thrift Store in the same shopping plaza. The children are given the donated money via a Wal-Mart gift card and are allowed to spend it as they wish. Police officers in uniform keep track of the spending and help the children with gift ideas.
For more information on the Shop with a Cop program, to nominate a child for participation, or to make a donation, please contact the Shop with a Cop hotline: 770-483-5780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cash donations, Wal-Mart gift cards and checks (make payable to SHOP WTH A COP) are accepted. They can be mailed to SHOP WITH A COP at the Conyers Police Department, 1194 Scott Street Conyers, Georgia 30012. Donations can be hand delivered to Officer Shyra Hardwick, Mechelle Cooper in Court Services , Liz Hamilton in Communications or Christina Coppock in the Criminal Investigations Division. A receipt will be issued for donations at the time of donation or by mail.