The "Shop with a Cop” program pairs elementary age children with an area law enforcement officer to go shopping for Christmas gifts for their family and themselves. The children are selected with the assistance of school counselors. These students have suffered a traumatic or negative event with law enforcement or come from families with financial difficulties. Last year Officers were able to take 60 children shopping and create a positive relationship with them.
On the designated day, the kids arrive at the Ludington Wal-Mart and are paired up with their officer. They then have a picture taken with Santa and the officer prior to shopping. Officers take their partners and shop for Christmas gifts for their immediate family and the child. After completing shopping, the gifts are paid for and then wrapped for the child. Last year volunteers from the MCC, MCE and Ludington Schools wrapped the gifts. Each child is then given a copy of the picture with Santa. This program ensures that the children involved have gifts on Christmas.
In an attempt to raise funds for the Shop with a Cop program there will be a pie auction. One hundred per cent of the funds raised will go towards the program, because there is no overhead. All participants are volunteers. The pie auction will be held on November 22nd from 8am-12pm with the assistance of WMOM radio. Pies will be auctioned off both live on the air and Facebook, please join “2017 Shop with a Cop Pie Auction”.
Businesses are welcome to donate ONE pie to be auctioned off in the third annual "WMOM's Shop with a Cop Pie Auction.” In return for your donation, you will be recognized on air and on the 2017 Shop with a Cop Facebook group. This can be a pie that you purchase to donate or make yourself; that is up to you.
The City council chambers at City Hall will be the event location. Your pie will need to be dropped off at that location between 4 pm and 7 pm the night before the auction at Ludington City Hall.
If you would like to donate a pie and be part of this great event that helps the children of our community, please fill out the attached pie entry form and submit to the Ludington Police Department by November 18th. If you have any questions, feel free to contact School Resourse Officer Officer Chad Skiba or Lindsay Bronson at 231-843-3425.