The giving continued this holiday season for members of one highly motivated chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).
As part of its annual “Shop with a Cop” program – the largest of its kind -- police officers in St. Francois County, MO, went on a holiday shopping spree with 500 kids in need last week.
The shopping started at 8 a.m. at the Farmington Walmart as police took children from low-income families through the aisles to pick out gifts – all made possible from community donations, according to local news channel KMOV.
The Electrical Connection includes collaborations from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local One and the St. Louis chapter of NECA. The IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection has supported the ‘Shop with a Cop’ program for the past 23 years donating more than $54,000.
Anyone interested in donating to ‘Shop with a Cop’ can send donations to the St. Francois Sheriff’s Department.
“The value of ‘Shop with a Cop’ is more than just brightening the holidays,” added Doug Martin, executive vice president of the St. Louis Chapter of 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.”