The Bolivar Police Department hopes to reach a record number of kids this year through its Shop with a Cop program.
With a little over a month until the event, Officer Dawnielle Robinson said the department needs to raise over half its $20,000 goal. Robinson said if BPD hits its target, more Polk County children will get to shop with law enforcement than ever before.
“We are hoping for a collaborative community effort to raise the remaining $11,000 so we can reach 200 area kids,” Robinson said.
Last year, BPD raised around $17,500, giving 175 kids a special shopping trip.
Shop with a Cop is a great thing for both local children and law enforcement officers, Robinson said.
“It provides a positive link between law enforcement and area kids,” she said.
The deadline to donate is Tuesday, Dec. 12, with shopping trips taking place Dec. 12-14 at Bolivar’s Walmart Supercenter.
The program allows teachers and counselors from surrounding schools to select children in kindergarten through third grade who could benefit from being a part of the program. Officers and deputies donate their time to shop with children who otherwise might not have a Christmas.
“We partner with Polk County schools to make sure we’re focused on kiddos who will experience the greatest positive impact,” Robinson said.
BPD partners with Walmart, area law enforcement agencies, local businesses and individuals from the community to make the special shopping trips happen for kids from Bolivar, Humansville, Fair Play, Morrisville, Halfway and Pleasant Hope.
This year, BPD is selling tickets for four prize giveaways. The cost is $5 for one ticket or $20 for five tickets.
Hobbytime Motorsports donated a Ruger 38 Special handgun with fiber optic sights.
Black Rock Arms donated a UTG tactical vest.
Electric Beach donated a service package that includes 30 days of tanning with specialty lotion, shellac manicure, pedicure, hair cut and style, brow wax, spray tan, Plunder necklace, specialty hair styling products, two bath bombs and a full set of dip nails.
Tickets for these products can be purchased at the respective places of business.
Walmart also donated a Promark GPS Shadow Drone, and tickets for this item can be purchased at the Bolivar Police Department.
For more information, call 326-5298. To make a donation, send it to: BPD, ATTN: Shop with a Cop, 211 W. Walnut St., Bolivar MO 65613.