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Shop with a Cop

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Eric J. Guenther
Chief of Police
847-968-3775

For Immediate Release

Mundelein Police Officers Team Up for Annual “Shop with a Cop” Program—
50 Local Children to Benefit

Mundelein, IL—12/05/17— The Mundelein Police Department and the Mundelein Super Target  have teamed up to help a group of children have a brighter holiday with the annual “Shop with a Cop” program to be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. at the Mundelein Super Target, 3100 West Route 60.  Each officer involved is assigned 1-2 families to help each child shop for items on their list and keep track of the available funds.

“Shop with a Cop” is a way for Law Enforcement Officers to share a little Christmas cheer, as well as have positive interaction with the children that will last a lifetime.  It is also another way for the police officers to give back to the community and show how much they care about the community and do their best to protect it. 

Police Department members, school employees, and social agencies have nominated children who have a social or economic need to be part of this program.  As participants, the children are given a $100 gift certificate so they can buy some of the things on their Christmas wish list.  Because of this program, these children can experience a brighter Christmas which otherwise might not have been possible.

 “Shop with a Cop” would not be the success that it is every year without the remarkable generosity of all the contributors and all those who participate in this community program.  Because of the overwhelming support from our contributors, this year we are able to help 54 children have a more enjoyable holiday. 

The 2017 “Shop with a Cop” program has been made possible by generous donations from:

  • Medline Charitable Foundation
  • Super Target
  • Mike’s Appliance Repair, Inc., Libertyville, IL
  • Donations from private citizens

“I can’t say enough about the support we have received from Mundelein residents and the business community for this program.  It’s really an amazing experience to watch the officers interact with the kids and see the positive connection take place. Plus, so many times, the children will want to purchase something for everyone in their family before they even think about finding something for themselves,” said Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther.

This is the 19th year that the Mundelein Police Department has coordinated this special program in hopes of making a difference during the holidays.

 “It feels great to help out children and families in need and it’s another way for us to give back to the community we care so much about and do our best to protect,” Chief Guenther concluded.

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