Christmas may seem far in the future, but Nevada police officers are already preparing for the department's annual Shop with a Cop program.
It's a holiday event for children whose families are facing financial hardship. There's just one catch -- kids who take part in Shop with a Cop in Nevada must agree to buy at least one item for themselves.
"We find that the last thing these children generally think about is themselves as they learn an important lesson on the spirit of giving," an NPD press release said.
Wholly funded by donations from the community, Shop with a Cop aims to provide gifts for qualifying children and their families, while giving them a chance to interact with law enforcement officers in a positive way.
Officer David Henley, who's heading this year's effort in Nevada, said, "We would like to be able to give each child $100 to purchase gifts. My hope is that our sponsors will support one child for this Christmas."
Children are recommended for participation in the program by police department members, school employees, social agencies and family shelters. Anyone may nominate a local child who meets the criteria of being between the ages of 6 and 11 and having a social or economic need. This year's event will be held in December at the Nevada Wal-Mart.
Community participation is very welcome for the Shop with a Cop program. To donate time or money to help make a child's Christmas special, or to nominate a child, contact Nevada Henley at (417) 448-5100.
Monetary donations may be mailed to Shop with a Cop, c/o Nevada Police Department, 120 S. Ash, Nevada. Officers also will pick up the donation upon request.