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November 28, 2008

Shop With a Cop set for 18th year

On Dec. 18, one of the familiar sights and sounds of the holiday season will return to Washington for the 18th consecutive year.

Sirens will blare, red and blue lights will flash, and more than 70 area law enforcement officers and firefighters, along with the Daviess County Probation Department and Community Corrections, spouses, friends and other guest shoppers will be in the Christmas spirit. Why? Because they will be escorting the children from Head Start schools and Four Rivers preschool to this year’s annual Shop With a Cop.

Shop With a Cop has grown every year since its beginning in 1991. Last year, more than $20,000 was donated to the Fraternal Order of Police and spent on the 140 children of the three Head Start schools in Daviess and Martin counties and Four Rivers preschool.

The donations came from area fraternal organizations. businesses, clubs, individuals, Wal-Mart promotions and some area school children.

The money donated is spent on a wide variety of clothing, from underwear to winter coats — whatever any certain child may need. The wants and needs of the children, along with their sizes, are compiled on a master list days in advance. Individual cards are then given to the police officer or firefighter who is shopping with that child. After the volunteers and children pick out what the child needs, they go to the toy department to spend the rest of the money reserved for that child. Last year about $125 was spent on each child, not including fruit, candy and lunch.

After the shopping is complete, the caravan will move from Wal-Mart to the Moose Lodge where the children and their escorts will be treated to Happy Meals and other sandwiches and drinks donated by McDonald’s and Subway of Washington. As an added treat again this year, Scoops will be providing ice cream for all to enjoy for dessert.

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