IBEW/NECA’s Electrical Connection brightens holidays for children in need through support of ‘Shop with a Cop’ programs

ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY’S “Shop with a Cop” program received a $5,000 donation from the Electrical Connection on Dec. 19. Celebrating the gift, which brightened the holidays for children in need, are (from left) IBEW Local 1 Business Representative Lee Asher, St. Francois County Sheriff Dan Bullock, St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” Coordinator Lora Henson and Total Electric’s Danny Miller and Rodney Miller. – Compass Communications photo

The Electrical Connection last month continued its 27-year commitment to the rural and urban law enforcement community trust-building program called “Shop with a Cop,” which provides toys to children in need during the holidays.

The Electrical Connection, a partnership between IBEW Local 1 and the St. Louis chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), contributed $5,000 each to the St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” and Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” programs. The 2019 donation raises the Electrical Connection’s support of the “Shop with a Cop” program to more than $85,000.

The St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program is among the oldest and largest in the nation.

This year, it served a record 537 children on Dec. 19 when law enforcement throughout the state visited the Farmington, Mo., area to buy children holiday gifts they would not otherwise receive.

THE FERGUSON “Shop with a Cop” program also received a $5,000 boost from the Electrical Connection. On hand at the check presentation are (from left) Saint Louis FC’s Kadeem Dacres, NFL Hall of Famer and former St. Louis Ram Aeneas Williams, the Electrical Connection’s Jim Curran, Ferguson Police Officer and Shop with a Cop Coordinator Michelle Merriwether, the Electrical Connection’s Tim Green and senior pastor and Ferguson Police Chaplain The Rev. Jose Aguayo. – Compass Communications photo

It was the 27th year that the Electrical Connection has supported the St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop.”

Meanwhile, the Ferguson Police Department hosted its “Shop with a Cop” program at the Ferguson Community Center at 1050 Smith Ave. on Dec. 12, serving more than 30 children. Gifts for the Ferguson event were purchased at Target.

The Electrical Connection has supported the Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” for the past four years.

The Electrical Connection partnered with Saint Louis FC to support both “Shop with a Cop” events over the summer by teaming up on a fundraiser at a Saint Louis FC game to raise money for the programs.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world. For more information visit electricalconnection.org.



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