The St. Mary's County “Shop with a Cop” program will hold its 13th Annual Christmas “Shop with a Cop” event this Saturday, December 17. Each child is allotted money to spend however they choose, whether it be for themselves, family members or household items. Each child is transported to Wal-Mart and then to the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds where they are awaited by Optimist members who are ready to serve a huge breakfast, wrap their gifts, and entertain them with a puppet show. At the end of the event, the excited children are returned home.
The “Shop with a Cop” program is a non-profit 501(c) (3) charitable organization consisting of members of the St. Mary's County Optimist Clubs and the St. Mary's County Fraternal Order of Police. The children are selected based on nominations from police officers and St. Mary’s County public and private schools staff.
The “Shop with a Cop” program is an all-volunteer program with no paid employees. Donations are welcome and are tax-deductible. Donations can be sent to:
St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office
23150 Leonard Hall Drive
Leonardtown, Maryland 20650
Attention: Bill Raddatz
Anyone with questions should contact the event coordinator, Sgt. Bill Raddatz, at 301-475-4200, ext. *1958.