Shop With a Cop raises money year-round to help children from low-income families in St. Francois County. Schools and social workers pick the children. The children receive $100 tax-free to shop at Walmart with a law enforcement officer or another volunteer.
“The sheriff’s department is so thankful for our generous community that really came together for this cause, and hopefully, we can take more kids than we’ve ever taken this year for Shop With a Cop,” said Brenneke. “It’s a shame that we need this program, but, at the same time, we are so thankful that our community is generous enough for us to be able to have this program.”
Other area businesses also wanted to join the fun, including Domino’s Pizza who threw in $5,000 of their own to the cause.
By the end of the workday on Friday, several other local businesses had posted on social media that they wanted to participate, upping the amount to be donated to Shop With a Cop. Other local companies were being challenged to make a bet, as well.
Farmington companies Certified Restoration Specialists and Quality Cleaning and Restoration each donated $2,500. Cedar Falls Tactical of Bonne Terre gave $2,350 to the cause.
Donating at least $1,000 to the Shop With a Cop program were Krekeler Jewelers in Farmington, Hub’s Pub in Bonne Terre, Parkland Monument Co. in Farmington, Bullseye Equipment & Tool Rental in Bonne Terre, and Hammack Advisory Group in Desloge.