The Rotary Club of Highlands will partner for the seventh year with the Macon County Sheriff’s Department and the Highlands Police Department on December 4 for Shop with a Cop Rotary Bingo to benefit the Macon County Shop with a Cop Program.
Shop with a Cop provides Christmas to more than 200 Macon Country children who otherwise would have little or no Christmas. Each child is taken to Walmart by a law enforcement officer and will have $100 to spend with only a couple of conditions: first, they must buy something for themselves and second, something for someone else.
When they’ve finished shopping with officers, the children will have lunch and a Christmas party where presents are wrapped, following a visit with Santa Claus complete with photos.
“Many of the children come from difficult circumstances, where law enforcement officers are perceived as bad guys,” says Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland. “Shop with a Cop works to change that image through friendship and participating in a Christmas that otherwise wouldn’t happen.”
Highlands Police Chief Bill Harrell joins Sheriff Holland saying, “Shop with a Cop is a positive experience not only for the children involved but also for our officers.”
Shop with a Cop Rotary Bingo has been a significant revenue stream for this program. If you can’t attend the Bingo Night, slated for 6:30 P.M. December 4 at the Highlands Community Building, you can make a donation and drop it off at the Highlands Police Department, the Recreation Park front desk, or give it to any Highlands Rotarian.
Contributed by David Stroud, Highlands Rotary Club