We are proud to announce our 15th annual “Shop with a Cop” event, happening the month of December 2012. The Fraternal Order of Police works with area school districts: CCISD, CISD, RISD, FBISD, TMISD, TRISD, West Oso ISD, and other area agencies to select kids for this program. Through fundraising and generous donations from businesses and individuals, we are able to take preselected area children holiday shopping.

At this time of year many children may fall through the cracks if this program did not exist. Selected children could come from a family that just recently fell upon financial hard times, family death, divorce, or other unexpected situations. These situations sometimes involve law enforcement. For some children, this negative contact with law enforcement may be the only contact they have. "Shop with a Cop" gives these children the opportunity to spend time with law enforcement in a positive way.

On the designated shopping days members of our local law enforcement, who have volunteered, arrive at several shopping locations to meet up with their shopping buddy. With great enthusiasm and anticipation they take on one of their most important tasks, make a child happy and make a new friend. Last year, over 390 children’s Christmas wishes were filled. This year we hope to fulfill Christmas wishes for at least 300 kids.

The children are encouraged to fill their basic needs: school and play clothes, under clothes, shoes, and coats. When that has been met, they move to the fun stuff like toys and electronics. The children truly remember the meaning of the holidays: they always want to buy for their family members and/or that someone important to them. This is such a touching and unselfish gesture on their part.

When the shopping is done, the numbers tallied, the goodies bagged up for home, law enforcement and their shopping buddy move on to lunch. Here they will finish off their day of fun with talk and laughter. Many times the children share stories, giving hugs, and saying “Thank you”.

We are asking you to help make our program a success, for the youth of our community this year. Gifts of $150 can sponsor a very young child and $175 can sponsor a preteen or a teenager.

For more information please direct all email to shopwithacop@fop.net

or contact Tara Mylett at 361-442-4787.

Donations in any amounts may be mailed to “Shop with a Cop” at

P.O. Box 440 - Corpus Christi, Texas 78403.