Shop with a Cop set for Saturday, December 10, 2016

SARASOTA, FL. – December 9, 2016 – 8 a.m.

The Sarasota Housing Authority, Sarasota Police Department and Target are partnering for the fifth year to provide 100 underprivileged children with a unique holiday experience in Sarasota.

‘Shop with a Cop’ pairs 100 local underprivileged children with local law enforcement to shop for holiday gifts at a local Target store prior to opening for the day. The event will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 6 a.m. until 8 a.m. at the Target located at 5350 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. **Media is welcome to attend**

IBERIABANK provided a significant grant and SHA received other donations from local organizations and individuals during the 2016 Giving Challenge. The money raised provides for a Target gift card the officers will use at checkout for each of the 100 children. A Public Service Announcement about the event can be viewed at

“This is what the holiday spirit is all about,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino, Sarasota Police Department. “We want to help children in our community build relationships with our Officers. Shop with a Cop is a chance to help form relationships and educate our local families about the role that our Officers play in our community,” said Chief DiPino. “Having a safe and strong community begins with having mutual trust and respect between community members and the men and women sworn to protect them,” said Sarasota Housing Authority CEO William Russell. “Shop with a Cop’ builds positive relationships through this uplifting holiday event,” said Russell.

Those wishing to donate can do so through the Sarasota Housing Authority’s 501(c)3 affiliate, Sarasota Housing Funding Corporation (SHFC). Checks can be made payable to Sarasota Housing Funding Corporation with ‘Shop with a Cop’ in the memo line. Credit card donations can be made online at Checks or cash donations can be dropped off at the Sarasota Housing Authority, 269 South Osprey Avenue, Sarasota; Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to Noon. For more information, contact the Sarasota Housing Authority at 941-361-6210. 100% of donations will be spent on Target gift cards for the children.