Thanks for another successful year of Shop with a Cop

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From Sheriff Jeff Rickaby of Florence County, Wisconsin:

I would like to say thank you to the 55 business and individuals that contributed to Shop with a Cop. Your donations led to another very successful year serving more than 35 children in our area. We appreciate this overwhelming support in light of the difficult economic times.

This year we again partnered with St. Vincent De Paul and provided more than 35 gifts for children in their Giving Tree program as well. Each child was asked to use a share of their Shop with Cop money to purchase a gift for a Giving Tree child. We hope to encourage the same type of giving as we have seen from you, our community.

Several local business members also provided gift certificates that were distributed to the families during the event. The gift certificates provide an opportunity for our local business to offer food or services to families as well. These are very well received and provide a bonus prize to several children and their families.

I would also like to thank the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as well as Kingsford Public Safety and Michigan State Police for their participation in the program as well. More than 20 families and employees of the sheriff’s office helped with the program, escorting children, wrapping presents or planning the event.

A special thanks to Dairy Queen and Shopko for hosting the event and the kind reviews of the media groups.

We are fortunate to see the generous nature of many of the children, often shopping first for their families and using what is left for themselves. Some children that participated donated all of their gifts to a less-fortunate family in the area.

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