Eagle County law enforcement, first responders sponsor Shop with a Cop on Monday, Dec. 11 | VailDaily.com

Eagle County law enforcement, first responders sponsor Shop with a Cop on Monday, Dec. 11

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EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle County law enforcement and other first responder groups will participate in the annual Shop with a Cop program on Monday, Dec. 11. Shop with a Cop is a national program pairing law enforcement with children to afford them a memorable Christmas. The event allows children to view law enforcement and other first responders in a different atmosphere, promoting positive partnerships and relationships.

All law enforcement agencies in the Eagle Valley have worked together with community partners for countless hours over the past several months raising funds and establishing venues for the kids to enjoy dinner with their first responders and visit with Santa while wrapping their presents.

Each agency has collected its own funds to support children from schools in their respective jurisdictions. This event could not happen without the generous donations from the community, including private sponsors and local businesses.

Each child is assigned an allotted monetary amount to purchase gifts for themselves and family members to allow for an enjoyable holiday. This year, the local Shop with a Cop initiative will sponsor close to 80 children from throughout the Eagle Valley.

Volunteers from each law enforcement agency, as well as partner firefighters, EMS and community members, will help with the hosting, registration, shopping and gift wrapping, as well as providing food baskets to each family for the holidays.

The public can still assist by dropping off useful or relevant products, gift certificates from businesses, monetary donations and new or used wrapping supplies at any local law enforcement agency until Friday, Dec. 8.

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