Every year, the Shop with a Cop program gives some of our area's underprivileged students a $100 shopping spree so they are able to have presents under the tree during Christmas.
But this year, the program is in trouble. There is not enough money on hand to help all the kids they were planning to help.
The program started 15 years ago, with just ten kids, and has grown to include all the local law enforcement members and more than 300 children. As of Monday night, the program is $15,000 short of what they had to spend this time last year.
Captain Ed Shannon with the Corpus Christi Police Department made a public plea Monday night, hoping that the community can help.
Last year's Shop with a Cop program was able to provide 394 children with needed items like clothing, or even a toy. This year, that number will be close to 80 children fewer who will be able to benefit from the program, because there simply isn't enough money. So many of those children are ending up on a waiting list.
"I tell you, sometimes its so touching, Bill. You have a child who has next to nothing," Shannon said. "Means they are going to get a Christmas they wouldn't have if it wasn't for this program. We focus in on the most needy and we try to give them stuff they truly need, so it's not just toys for Christmas. Take them shopping to try and build a bond."
If you can help with donations so that kids can get crossed off that waiting list, you can call 361-442-4787, or send your donations to the following address:
The program has eight shopping dates in the month of December. The first Shop with a Cop date is Dec. 4.