18th Annual ‘Shop With a Cop’ Set for Saturday, Aug 18th

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The Long Beach Junior Chamber (LBJC), in partnership with the Long Beach Police Foundation (LBPF), as well as with Assistance League of Long Beach and Target Stores is preparing for the 18th Annual “Shop with a Cop” children’s shopping spree set for Saturday, August 18 at the Target Store located at Atlantic Avenue and 33rd Street in Long Beach. Crisell & Associates will be providing pancake/bacon/sausage breakfast for the group before they begin the day of shopping and fun. “We are thrilled to bring together all these community groups to join with our police officers on this important event,” says Kathy Berry, LBPF Executive Director.

‘Shop with a Cop’ brings an awareness of and assists economically disadvantaged children from the Long Beach area by providing a positive experience while they purchase school clothing and supplies. Participants spend time in a positive setting with local law enforcement personnel.

Children are pre-selected (6 to 12 years of age) from ChildNet, BLAST, Long Beach Women’s Shelter, Operation Jump Start and the Children’s Clinics at Memorial Hospital of Long Beach. They are invited to be guests at this event. Each child is matched with a Long Beach Police Officer and/or Community Service Officer, a LBJC member or adult shopper volunteer to purchase clothing and supplies for school needs at the Target store, often times the only new clothes these children receive all year.

The Assistance League of Long Beach will be providing each child with school uniforms and underwear in a school backpack.

After shopping, they will receive snacks and school supplies to put in their new backpacks. A photo booth will also be provided and staffed by HP, where children and their police shoppers my have a souvenir photo taken. An arts and crafts area will also be provided and staffed by volunteers, community leaders and business sponsors, where after shopping the children can relax and have fun!

The goal this year is to provide for 100 children. Support in the form of cash or in-kind donations, which includes, but is not limited to new clothing, new shoes or school supplies. Donations can be made online at www.lbpolicefoundation.org. Checks should be made payable to the Long Beach Police Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 15418, Long Beach, CA 90815.

The Long Beach Police Foundation (LBPF) actively seeks donations from private businesses and individuals, and facilitates direct, designated donations that support our community safety mission. A 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit; LBPF is the only charitable organization that provides private, direct funding for the Long Beach Police Department. For more information, to donate or volunteer, visit www.lbpolicefoundation.org or call 562.343.5111. Tax ID# 33-0835185.

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