Electrical Connection’s support of ‘Shop with a Cop’ program tops $51K

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SHOP WITH A COP: Leadwood, Mo. police officer Jeremy Bowles (from left) joined Missouri Highway Patrol Lt. William Choate helping two children in the "Shop with a Cop" holiday shopping event Dec. 19, coordinated by the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department. – Casey Communications photo

IBEW/NECA partnership donated $3,000 to brighten the holidays for 500 needy children

Farmington, MO. – Law enforcement officers brightened the holidays for 500 disadvantaged children in St. Francois County last month, thanks largely to the ongoing support of the Electrical Connection, a partnership between IBEW Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

Officers with the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department and other police agencies led children on a day of holiday gift shopping using community donations, including $3,000 from the Electrical Connection. In its 22-year-long commitment to “Shop with a Cop,” the Electrical Connection and its members have donated $51,000 to the program.

“It is a privilege to support ‘Shop with a Cop,’ said IBEW Local 1 Business Manager Frank Jacobs. “There are families hurting in our community. ‘Shop with a Cop’ has for a long time built trust and hope in the community by supporting those most in need.”

HELPING COMMUNITIES

In addition to Shop with a Cop, the Electrical Connection has helps communities in other ways including support for Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity, National Night Out and other programs.

“Our contractors and electricians build the communities we serve in more ways than electrical and communications improvements,” said Doug Martin, executive vice president, St. Louis Chapter, NECA. “We have a stake in building healthy communities and sometimes that begins with supporting incredible acts of kindness by law enforcement that brighten the holidays.”

MAKES US STRONGER

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HELPING COMMUNITIES: The Electrical Connection, a partnership between IBEW Local 1 and NECA, donated $3,000 to this year's St. Francois County “Shop With a Cop” program with (from left) Local 1 business representatives Lee Asher and Chuck DeMoulin, Danny Miller, owner of Total Electric owner Danny Miller, NECA Executive Vice President Doug Martin, “Shop With a Cop” organizer Lora Henson, NECA retiree David Shaw and St. Francois County Sheriff Dan Bullock. Over the past 22 years, The Electrical Connection and its members have donated $51,000 to the program over the past 22 years.

“The Electrical Connection has long been a valuable community partner in supporting the ‘Shop with a Cop’ program,” said St. Francois County Sherriff Dan Bullock. “When neighbor helps neighbor as the IBEW/NECA partnership has done for many years, it makes our entire community stronger.”

“Shop with a Cop” is sponsored by the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Association, bringing holiday cheer to thousands of children in low-income families.

“It is a remarkable example of the many ways law enforcement gives back to the communities it serves,” said Danny Miller, owner of Farmington-based Total Electric, an IBEW Local 1 signatory contractor and member of the Electrical Connection.

“While the officers use the donations to purchase gifts, I’ve also seen them reach into their own pockets to pay for something extra just to bring a smile to the face of a child.”

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across eastern Missouri.

For more information, visit www.electricalconnection.org.

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