Benson Shop With A Cop Program
where life long memories are made
The children selected for this year’s participation in the Shop With A Cop Program were referred by schools, ministers, officers and other agencies. Preference was given to those who may have had or witnessed a negative contact with law enforcement officers through a parent or sibling's involvement with the justice system. SWAC is run by volunteers. Our operating budget is covered by donations from the community.
We realize that every holiday season there are many other worthy organizations to which you can donate. Please consider donating a portion of your charitable dollars to the Shop with a Cop Program and make a positive difference in the life of a child.
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After loading the plethora of gifts into the patrol cars the happy assembly returned to the church hall to wrap gifts. The Benson High School choir was on hand to help the officers and children and the church hall was abuzz with lively conversation and peals of laughter as everyone gleefully wrapped their gifts. Strong bonds were forged between the mentoring officers and participating children. This was a positive experience that will live long in the hearts and minds of those who took part.
The Elks Lodge , assisted by the Boy Scouts, served a hot breakfast to all including Santa. Afterwards, Benson Lawley's Automotive donated two bicycles.
At the conclusion of breakfast, the wide eyed children piled into patrol cars and the squad car convoy proceeded to Walmart complete with flashing lights and piercing sirens. Upon entering Walmart, the children shopped for their favorite toys assisted by their new found officer friends. The boys gravitated to the Legos, toy cars and trucks while the girls looked for the latest fashion dolls and other girly stuff. All of the children were sure to spend part of their allowance on new clothes and gifts for family members.