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Posted on: December 13, 2017

[ARCHIVED] APOPKA POLICE HOST ANNUAL SHOP-WITH-A-COP

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Apopka, FL: For nearly twenty years, the Apopka Police Department has hosted an annual “Shop-With-A-Cop” for the holidays. Thursday, December 14, at 4 pm, Apopka police officers will meet up with 100 area youth at the Wal-Mart (1700 South Orange Blossom Trail) and provide $100 each to purchase anything in the store. 

The department sponsored 60 children in 2016 and had hoped to provide for more this year. Due to the generosity of local sponsors, APD raised enough money to provide 100 children from the community with a Merry Christmas. The children selected for the program will be taken shopping by members of the police department, city commission, and the citizens police academy alumni association.

Apopka area Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Debora Perez and President Robert Agrusa (Between Chief McKinley and Deputy Chief Fernandez), along with other chamber members and the local business community, provided the funds to help the Apopka Police Department put this year’s fundraising goal over the top. On December 12, the chamber presented a check for more than $3,100 to the Apopka Police Department, making the total donations collected this year enough to expand the program well over the previous years.


“We are humbled by the support given to the department from our community to support our Shop-with-a-Cop program,” commented Chief Michael McKinley, “it’s not about the police department, it’s about the children who will have blessings over this holiday season.” The chief added that many times the children honored at Shop-with-a-Cop don’t just buy for themselves, but for family members, and often they even buy food and other necessities with their $100. “It just reminds us of all the blessings we have” and these donations go directly back into our community to support our citizens. Children are recommended for participation in the program by police department members, school employees, social agencies and family shelters.

Officer Jason Wiggins, who heads the public outreach program for the department and has coordinated the agency’s efforts, noted, “This program is about police and the community working together; it’s a great program, and our goal is, and always has been, to give back to the community.” All of this is made possible by the assistance of local sponsors, some of which are: The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, The Apopka Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association, Rock Springs Storage, United Methodist Women, Advanced Door Solutions, Dan Newlin & Partners, GFWC Apopka Women’s Club, Rotary Club of Apopka, Victoria Plaza, Yeager Insurance Agency, Mark Boylan Injury Health & Wellness, and many, many others. The department funds its community programs year-round. Those who wish to donate may do so directly to the Apopka Police Department, 112 East 6th Street, Apopka, Florida 32703.

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