There were some nervy moments in preparing for the 4th Annual Shop with a Cop fundraiser. However, the community stepped up and organizers say the annual event pairing local students with law enforcement on a holiday shopping spree will go on as planned.
“We’re comfortable with where we’re at,” Sherri Hunt said after conversations over the weekend with community partners. “The past weekend has really renewed my faith in the future of the community. Everybody has just really stepped up. The calls that I’ve gotten in the last few days were phenomenal.”
Hunt said her phone was blowing up with people wondering how they could help, either by donating money or volunteering their time for the event. In conversations Hunt has had, people have been willing to be flexible to make sure the event goes off and does so in a responsible manner.
“Everybody wants to continue to support kids in this difficult time,” Hunt said. “I think the community thinks it’s a very, very worthwhile cause.”
Planning is different this year as the Jones County Family Council works hard to continue this event while dealing with the pandemic. Masks and social distancing are required, and school districts will each be participating on a different day that first week of December. Times will also be staggered for students participating. The exact day each district will participate is still being determined.
Hunt said the goal is to serve 60 kids to help them both experience the joy of giving through the holiday and help them build positive relationships with local law enforcement. The event pairs students with an officer of the represented law enforcement agencies, including the Anamosa Police Department, Anamosa State Penitentiary, Jones County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol and Monticello Police Department.
Hunt is still seeking donations to help fulfill the of goal of serving 60 plus youth for the event. Donations can be dropped at both the Anamosa and Monticello Police Departments or mailed to the Jones County Family Council, PO Box 472, Anamosa, IA 52205. You can also contact the Family Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or Hunt at email@example.com, 319-551-3402 for more information.