Once again, Bob Wolfgang, Forest County Sheriff, is planning the Shop With a Cop event which will take place on Sunday, December 17, 2017. This wonderful event happens each year just before Christmas and is paid for with donations from private individuals. Usually, between 75 and 85 children ranging in age from 5 to 12 participate. Muccio Transportation donates school buses and drivers and the children are taken from meeting places in Tionesta and Marionville to the store in Clarion and returned later.
The event is open to all children in Forest County whose parents register a child for the event. The shopping takes place at Walmart, Clarion, PA. Volunteers from many branches of law enforcement and individuals from the community donate their time to shop with the children. Two to three children are paired with a person from law enforcement and a volunteer from the community. Each child is given a $100.00 gift card and must shop first for items of clothing the parent has listed. Once this is done, any money left - usually half of the amount remains - can be spent for whatever the child decides to purchase. After shopping, the children purchase their items which are bagged and tagged with the child’s name, to be taken to the school buses.
Following the shopping event, the children and the bravest of the volunteers go to the neighboring McDonalds for lunch. After lunch, the children are taken back to the meeting places where they are met by their parents. When the parents pick up the children, they are given a food basket that contains everything needed for a Christmas dinner.
The purpose of this event is to provide an opportunity for the children and their families to interact with law enforcement in a forum that is fun so that the children and their families see law enforcement officers as persons they can trust. Your donation is needed so that Sheriff Wolfgang has the funds needed for the event. Please consider making a donation. Contact Cheri Switzer, 814-755-3541, if you would like to make a donation to this heartwarming and generous event, or mail a check made payable to the Forest County Sheriff and reference Shop With A Cop on the memo line. The address is Forest County Sheriff, 526 Elm Street, Tionesta, PA 16353. And, many thanks to Sheriff Bob Wolfgang for the time and effort he and his staff give to this event.
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