When you have a little six or seven-year-old come in there and get sheets and pillow cases, or a bed spread for their bed, or a heavy coat because they don’t have a heavy coat, they’re just so appreciative when they get it. It’s just very heartwarming.
Page, Arizona (PRWEB) December 15, 2012
The very successful ‘Shop with a Cop’ charity program for kids is returning to Lake Powell for the 14th time in as many years. 'Shop with a Cop' will take place Saturday December 15th, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. 65 children are expected to attend.
'Shop with a Cop’ is a nationwide program, incorporating police departments, fire departments, and emergency services in hundreds of cities, from Washington D.C. to San Diego.
With the help of generous donations and sponsors, each child is given $100 to spend on gifts for their family at the local Wal-Mart. New children are selected for the program each year. Children must be between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, and come from families who qualify as low income.
This wonderful program would not be possible in the Lake Powell area without John Bowman, a former Greenehaven Development Corporation co-owner, who recently passed away from cancer. For five years, Bowman donated $5,000 annually to the ‘Shop with a Cop’ program.
Page, Arizona, Police Department Captain Ray Varner says that Bowman was a strong believer in the program and always had a wonderful time participating.
"The first year he donated $2,000, and I asked if he wanted to ride along with me," Captain Varner recalled. "And we picked two little kids and put them in the backseat. From then on he donated $5,000 every year to the 'Shop with a Cop' program. When he died, one of his last wishes was that his children continue donating to the 'Shop with a Cop' program."
Varner is largely responsible for bringing 'Shop with a Cop' to the Lake Powell area, starting in 1999. Varner says there's nothing else like the feeling you get from helping a child during the holiday season.
“When you have a little six or seven-year-old come in there and get sheets and pillow cases, or a bed spread for their bed, or a heavy coat because they don’t have a heavy coat, they’re just so appreciative when they get it. It’s just very heartwarming.”
Over the years ‘Shop with a Cop’ has spread across the country, bringing good times and gifts to the families of local children. Programs such as ‘Shop with a Cop’ help build strong relationships between police, firemen, emergency services personnel and their communities.
Terry and Nancy Theken, current owners of Lake Powell View Estates, are proud to continue Bowman's legacy by contributing generously to the ‘Shop with a Cop' program. For more information about 'Shop with a Cop' contact Ray Varner of the Page police department at 928-645-2462.