Wednesday, December 23, 2015

12th Annual ‘Shop with a Cop” Program a Success

The St. Mary's County Shop with a Cop program is an independent 501c3 nonprofit program. Its board of directors is comprised of members of the St. Mary's County Optimist Club and the St. Mary's County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7. The program is planned, coordinated, and supervised by Lorraine "Bunny" Brewer, Toni and Jimmy Long, Joseph Stanalonis, and Bill Raddatz.

On Saturday, December 19th, members of the Optimist Clubs of St. Mary's County and members of the St. Mary's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, prepared breakfast and wrapped gifts for the officers and children participating in the program.

Kate Eggart, along with the staff of St. Mary's County Public Schools and the principals and counselors of several parochial schools, submitted names of children who were selected for the program.

Officers and deputies from the State Fire Marshal's Office, United States Coast Guard, Point Lookout Department of Natural Resource Park Rangers, Federal Bureau of Investigation, St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, St. Mary's County Office of Parole and Probation, troopers from the Maryland State Police — St. Mary's, Calvert, and LaPlata barracks, and Troopers from the Maryland State Police Aviation Division volunteered to take the children shopping.

Sheriff Tim Cameron and the men and women of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office sincerely thank everyone who continues to make this event, (and “Back to School Shop with a Cop”), an incredible success every year.

Visit the #SMCSO Facebook page at to view our "Shop with a Cop" photo album. Remember to follow #SMCSO on Twitter @firstsheriff. As always, THANK YOU for your continued support!

"We Appreciate St. Mary's County Sheriff's office for helping to make Christmas a little brighter this year for our family. We wish you all a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. We'd like to Thank you all for everything you've done for our family."

-- Mom of a child who participated in "Shop with a Cop"