The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 2, 2012

Applications are being taken for annual Shop with a Cop

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid Police Department and Southside Recycling are teaming up again this year for the annual Shop with a Cop event at Kmart.

The annual program, which helps families who might not otherwise have much of a Christmas, pairs EPD officers with children and families to spend a set amount of money on anything they want in the store. Families also receive a gift card to purchase groceries.

Last year, 110 children got to shop with one of about 20 officers from the department. The kids each spent $100 at the store and their families received a $50 Jumbo Food gift card.

Officer Steve Varney, who organizes the event, said applications are available on the Enid Police Department website or can be filled out and turned in at the station. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 30. Shop with a Cop will be held the morning of Dec. 15.

Shop with a Cop is made possible by Enid businessman Jim Holt, owner of Southside Recycling, 516 E. Hackberry.

Holt said last year he got the idea from a business in Tulsa that sponsors a similar program. Holt wanted to give something back to the community, so he contacted Varney.

Application forms are available online at www.enid.org/police. Applications can be emailed to Varney at svarney@enid.org or printed and turned into Enid Police Department.