Thanks for supporting Shop With a Cop

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From Sheriff Dan Miller, Florence County Sheriff Department:

I would like to say thank you to the 75 businesses and individuals that contributed to Shop With a Cop. This year your donations led to another very successful year serving over 34 children in our area. We appreciate this overwhelming support in light of the difficult economic times.

We again this year partnered with St. Vincent de Paul and provided more than 40 gifts for children in their Giving Tree program as well. Each child was asked to use a share of their Shop with a 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 businesses provided gift certificates, too, that were distributed to the families during the event. The gift certificates provide an opportunity for our local business to offer food and services to families as well. These are very well received and provide a bonus prize to several children and their families.

I would like to thank the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Michigan State Police as well as Kingsford Public Safety for their participation in the program. More than 15 families and employees of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office helped with the program by escorting children, wrapping presents or planning the event.

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

In the true spirit of giving, we are fortunate to see the generous nature of many of the children, often shopping first for the giving tree participants, their families, and using what is left for themselves.

Some children shop only for others offering to give all the gifts to local charities.

We know your support comes from your hearts, and again thanks to all of you for your generosity.

Holiday lights lovely at Iron County care facility

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From Judy Huffman, Florence, Wis.:

What a beautiful display of holiday lights at the Iron County Medical Care Facility just outside of Crystal Falls.

You do a great job every year, and each year gets better. The snowmen added this year were absolutely awesome! Saw many vehicles stopping to take pictures, the same as myself.

Thank you and keep up the good work.

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