Local children ‘Shop with a Cop’ for the holidays

By Brandon Gustafson | Dec 20, 2017
Courtesy of: Colt Davis Mukilteo police officers assisting one of the children with their toy shopping at the Lynnwood Fred Meyer.

Local law enforcement helped put smiles on some Mukilteo children’s faces last week when local elementary school students participated in the annual “Shop with a Cop” event.

The children had the opportunity to spend time with police officers and other volunteers while buying gifts for themselves and for members of their families.

The children were selected from local elementary schools through the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), and each child was given $100 to buy the gifts.

“We contacted the elementary schools in Mukilteo like Columbia, Endeavour and Mukilteo Elementary and asked them if there were kids and families in need who we could take shopping,” Sgt. Colt Davis, Mukilteo Police Department, said. “We took them shopping at the Fred Meyer off of 164th and then brought them back to Staybridge Suites.”

Police officers and the Mukilteo Police Foundation, fire crews, volunteers, city staff and local nonprofits worked together to create this holiday shopping experience for the selected children.

“In partnership with the Mukilteo Police Foundation, we hold this event each year to help kids in the community have a Merry Christmas by sponsoring a trip to Fred Meyer with a member of our public safety employees and volunteers,” Mukilteo Police Officer Myron Travis said.

The Mukilteo Police Foundation took over the organization of “Shop with a Cop” in 2016, according to Davis, who is also a board member of the foundation.

Davis said the event was successful again this year due in large part to the sponsors and volunteers who helped the foundation.

“Our biggest sponsors and donors were Travis Industries and the city of Mukilteo’s Community Support grant,” Davis said. “Wicked Wraps was also awesome and brought a party bus to drive the kids in.”

Davis said other volunteers included members of the Mukilteo Fire Department, Fire District 5 in the Stanwood area and officers from the Navy base in Everett.

Davis also said that the youth members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints volunteered to wrap each gift that the children purchased.

“They did all the wrapping for us,” Davis said. “They came last year as well.”

"It was so fun to see the kids so excited about knowing what we were wrapping,” said Annika Wells, one of the youth volunteers. “I hope we get to do this next year.”

Davis said he hopes to see the event grow with more organizers and volunteers in the years to come.

“If people or groups want to get involved for next year, they can contact me,” Davis said.

Davis’ email is cdavis@mukilteowa.gov.

More information about the Mukilteo Police Foundation can be found at www.mukilteopolicefoundation.com.

 

 

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