From a November 29, 2021, Everett Police Department press release.
This December, the Everett Police Officers Association will host the 7th Annual Shop with a Cop event.
However, children will not shop with police officers at a physical store this year. Instead, children will make a Christmas wish list and later this month officers will meet with the children to give them their gifts, get Santa photos and enjoy treats with hot cocoa.
“Last year, we were able to sponsor 277 children through our event. We knew many families in our community were struggling, and officers, families, friends and local businesses stepped up to donate. In the midst of the pandemic, it was a wonderful and unexpected surprise to help so many,” said event organizer Detective Jamie French. “Each year, Shop with a Cop grows and gives us an opportunity to help even more deserving children in Snohomish County.”
Participating children range from one-month to 17 years-old and are referred by area social service providers.
Monetary donations can be dropped off in the Records Unit at Police headquarters (3002 Wetmore Ave, Everett). Donations must be received by December 8th.
French added, “With everything happening, this event is more important than ever. Connecting with children and their families is important, not only during the holidays, but throughout the year. We are honored to be able to make this special day happen.”