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Shop with a Cop Thank Yous

January 09, 2015

Well, the holiday season has come and gone once again and we welcome in a new year.  I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our community partners who donated toward our 2014 Shop with a Cop events.  This was extra special as we celebrated our 10th year anniversary.  Because of you we were able to take 208 children on a $100 shopping experience with law enforcement officers from the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, Punta Gorda Police Department, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.  We could not do this without your generosity.  The joy you brought to these children and us is priceless.

We are already planning and looking for donations for this year's holiday season.  If you or your business would like to donate, please contact our Crime Prevention Specialist Dale Philips at 941-258-3900.

We should consider ourselves lucky to live in Charlotte County with the number of residents and businesses that show compassion and charity to those in need.  With that said, many of you probably remember the tragic event that occurred on October 21, 2014, at the Charlotte Harbor RV Park that left four young children orphans.  After the loss of their parents they were placed in foster homes and had nothing.  My partners on the Board of Directors at CARE and friends of CARE donated $800 in new clothing and shoes and provided them with gift cards for each to go shopping for themselves.  Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity.

Just for an update, the last report I received is that the children are doing okay and DCF is working on keeping all four children together with a family member who was located out of state.

Again, thank you and I wish you all a very happy, healthy, and safe New Year!

Bill Prummell, Sheriff

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