On Sunday December 17th, officials with the Atlantic Police Department held their annual "Shop with a Cop" program at the Atlantic Walmart. This year we brought 36 children from Cass County Shopping. Knowing that this would take more manpower than out department could handle on our own, we did what is in our nature and “called for backup.” This was provided to us from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol, the Iowa DNR, and the Iowa DOT. In total 25 officers were present and assisting in some way throughout the day. The APD, APD Reserves, CCSO, ISP, DNR, and DOT representatives arrived around 1:00 PM in full uniform to be matched up with children. Once everyone was paired up, the children were taken shopping through the store and allowed to pick out many of the items they were in need of such as shoes, clothes, coats, boots, and snow pants. The children were also allowed to pick out a few toys that they wanted. When they were all done, the officers sat down with their families and enjoyed a subway meal together. All together, this weekends "Family Dream Christmas" and “Shop with a Cop” programs, allowed the Atlantic Police and Reserve Departments to help a total of 76 children and 20 adults within 29 families to have a much more joyful Christmas experience! We would not be able to run these programs without the wonderful donations we receive each year. Thank you to all of the MANY generous PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS that contributed to our cause and to the following companies and groups. Joe Dirt Memorial Pool Tournament, Cappel’s Ace Hardware, JBG Farms Corp. Kerrie Orozco 5k Memorial Run, The Employees at Fagen Inc., OSI “Oakland Foods” Employees The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Atlantic Hy-Vee, Richter & Son Towing Atlantic Wal-Mart, The Atlantic News & Telegraph, The "Ladies Night Out" Event, Atlantic Carriers Deter Motor Company, Lindeman Tractor, Atlantic Subway, Atlantic BPW Brown’s Shoe Fit, Atlantic NGA Club, Atlantic Boy Scouts, Meyer and Gross Real Estate Agents Mailander Law Firm, United Group Insurance, Golden Rule Chapter #194, R/T Motors T/S Bank, Shiels Family Farm, Mark Phippen Trucking, The Employees at Schuler Manufacturing U.S. Cellular, Beta Sigma Phi, Pelgas, Griswold Coop, and JM Double B LLC
Our heartfelt thanks and a wish of a joyous New Year in 2017!
The Atlantic Police Department and Reserves!