Shopping: law enforcement accepts donations for children’s Christmas gift

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MOSES LAKE – Donations are accepted until Monday for this year’s Shop With A Cop programs, sponsored by many law enforcement agencies and associations in the Columbia Basin. However, donations are also collected year round for programs.

Shop With A Cop associates children and their families with law enforcement officers, sometimes firefighters, for an evening of Christmas shopping. Children receive a gift card and a personal shopper (or buyers) and buy gifts for family and friends.

Some agencies canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and others have made some changes. Some agencies are returning to an in-person event in 2021, while others are sticking with the changed setup. But all agencies accept donations of cash and, in some cases, new clothes and toys.

The Quincy Police Officers Association, the union representing Quincy police officers, uses a modified format for 2021, with officers shopping for children. Officer Jazzlynn Silva said families have a “wish list,” asking for something the kids want, something the family needs, the kid’s favorite sport and favorite candy, among others.

“We are preparing to shop this week and next week,” said Silva.

The QPD receives cash donations, as well as donations of new toys, new clothes, and other items, such as new blankets.

Monetary donations are accepted at the Police Department office, 223 First Ave. SW, or can be mailed to PO Box 426, Quincy, Wash., 98848. Checks should be made payable to the Quincy Police Officers Association and designated for Shop With A Cop. .

Those wishing more information can contact Silva at 509-797-3555.

Soap Lake Police Department Chief Ryan Cox said the service has a link for donations on its social media page. Donations can also be made at the SLPD office, 239 Second Ave. SE, Soap Lake, Washington. Cox said monetary donations are preferred. All donations of toys or other items go to other agencies and organizations, he said.

The Othello Police Department is recommencing in-person shopping with the children this year. Departmental administrative assistant Evelyn Miron said the OPD receives monetary donations, which can be made at the department’s office, 500 E. Main St., Othello, Washington.

The OPD also receives donations of new toys, new clothes and other items, Miron said.

The Moses Lake Police Department and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office generally work together for Shop With A Cop, and are this year. Both accept cash donations.

Donations can be made at the MLPD office, 411 S. Balsam St., Moses Lake, Washington. Donations must be for the Shop With A Cop program.

Kyle Foreman, GCSO’s public information officer, said monetary donations can be made at GCSO, 35 C St. NW, Suite B, Ephrata, Washington. Donations can also be made through the Columbia Basin Foundation, which has a place to donate on its website, www.columbiabasinfoundation.org. Donations can also be dropped off at the foundation’s office, 234 First Ave. NW, Ephrata, Washington. Donations must go to the Shop With A Cop fund.


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