Police Chief Larry Pierce recently told The Brazil Times the Brazil City Police Department is preparing for the 10th "Shop With A Cop" program.
"It's time for families to come to the department to apply," Pierce said about the two-night shopping event that helps on average more than 30 families a year. "The program helped a lot of children last year, and we're hoping to do even more this year."
Pierce said all types of area businesses, organizations, churches and citizens support the program yearly.
Checks, made out to "Shop with a Cop," may be dropped by the basement office of the department, or sent to the Brazil City Police Department, 22 S. Washington St. Brazil, 47834. To ensure enough funds are available each holiday season to help as many families as possible, donations are collected throughout the year.
"It's not too late for those who want to help people in need, especially children, to make a donation," Pierce said. "This is a very popular event with both the children and the police officers who participate."
Members from the BCPD and the Clay County Sheriff's Department work together to promote goodwill and Christmas spirit in the community during the event. Officers and staff members meet with the children, who also get a special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, to help plan their special shopping trip to Walmart.
Although the first priority is to purchase needed winter clothing like coats and shoes, there's usually enough money left over to purchase toys and shop for small presents for parents or siblings.
Applications for consideration for the program are being accepted at the department until Dec. 3.
After applications have been checked against other local charity organizations, families selected for the program will be notified of the dates for the two-day event, which have yet to be scheduled.
For more information, contact Captain Mark Loudermilk at the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.