Fernandina Beach Police Department takes at-risk children in our community Christmas shopping in their Shop with Cops program.
Shop with Cops gives approximately 175 children, from ages one through 11, $100.00 each. With $17,500.00 the kids are walked through a very cooperative and generous Walmart on Amelia Island by the officers who volunteer to participate. With their Christmas lists in hand, spending is tracked and the lists are checked twice to provide a Christmas for kids who are selected throught guidance counselors at our island elementary schools.
When approached seven years ago with the Shop for Cops idea, by an outstanding local volunteer, Don Monahan, Captain Jim Coe of the Fernandina Beach Police Department didn’t hesitate to help Monahan establish the local program. Similar programs have since started with the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, the Jacksonville’s Sheriff Office and the Jacksonville Jaguar’s Shop with Jocks. “It is great that this idea is spreading,” said Monahan. “The more organizations that participate, the more children can be helped and it is all about the children.”
I caught up with Captain Coe on December 15, 2010, Shop with Cops night at our local Walmart, to learn more about this opportunity for policemen and women to interact with children of our community. An opportunity that lets these kids see Fernandina’s Finest as more than just law enforcement officials.
Here is the video:
100% of donations go directly to the cause. All out of pocket expenses are covered by Mr. Monahan
Please mail your donation, no matter how small, to:
City of Fernandina Beach Police Department
Attn: Jim Coe
Shop with Cops
1525 Lime Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035-0668
For more information or to start a program like this in your community, please contact Don Monahan at email@example.com or (904) 277-2091.