IBEW/NECA partnership’s 23-year commitment tops $54,000
Farmington, MO. – The nation’s largest “Shop with a Cop” program is set to brighten the holidays for 500 disadvantaged children in St. Francois County, Mo. thanks in part to continued support from the St. Louis Electrical Connection, a partnership between IBEW Local 1 and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).
Officers with the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department and other police agencies were set to lead children on a day of holiday gift shopping Dec. 17 using community donations, including $3,000 from the Electrical Connection.
In its 23-year-long commitment to “Shop with a Cop,” the Electrical Connection and its members have donated more than $54,000 to the program.
“We appreciate the Electrical Connection’s enduring support for ‘Shop with a Cop,’” said St. Francois County Sherriff Dan Bullock. “The quality of IBEW/NECA’s work in our community is not only found in the electrical and communication services it provides, but in its commitment to make our community stronger by helping the less fortunate.”
“Shop with a Cop” is sponsored by the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Association and for 23 years has brought holiday cheer to thousands of children in low-income families.
“It’s all about law enforcement giving back to the communities it serves,” said Danny Miller, owner of Farmington-based Total Electric, a member of the Electrical Connection. “I’ve seen the faces of these children light up on the shopping excursions. The officers sometimes add a little extra by donating money from their own pockets.”
“The value of ‘Shop with a Cop’ is more than just brightening the holidays,” notes Doug Martin, executive vice president, St. Louis Chapter, NECA. “Just by engaging these children with this wonderful act of kindness, they learn that police officers and law enforcement are someone they can trust in a time of need.”
“Shop with a Cop” continues to accept donations to programs. Donations made out to “Shop with a Cop” can be sent to: St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department, 1550 Doubet Road, Farmington, Mo. 63640.