SARASOTA, FL. – November 29, 2017 – 9 a.m.
The Sarasota Housing Authority, Sarasota Police Department and Target are partnering for the sixth 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 9, 2017 from 6 a.m. until 8 a.m. at the Target located at 5350 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. **Media is welcome and invited to attend**
“Shop with a Cop is a great opportunity for children and police officers to get to know each other at a friendly, fun event like buying Christmas presents for themselves and family members,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino. “Over the years I have seen the generosity and heart of our officers who reach into their own pockets to cover overages at the register. The smiles I have witnessed on the faces of the children and the officers is priceless. This is the true spirit of the holiday season. Everyone leaves the event filled with joy and a lot of new friends,” 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.
Funding for this special event was made possible by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, which matched donations from a number of private donors, as well as a grant from IBERIABANK. The money raised provides for a Target gift card Officers will use at checkout for each of the 100 children. A Public Service Announcement about the event can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJjBdcpNUhQ
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 http://www.sarasotahousing.org/SHFC.aspx. Checks or cash donations can be dropped off at the Sarasota Housing Authority, 269 South Osprey Avenue, Sarasota; Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8:30 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 children.