The Shop With A Cop program was started in 2006 in Fulton. The goal is to provide families the oppurtunity to have a christmas that they otherwise would not have. Thanks to local businesses and individuals, this program has taken over 200 children christmas shopping at Wal-Mart. Each child receives a $100 gift card to Wal-Mart along with a Christmas stocking from Dollar General, which includes toys and other goodies, along with a gift card to their store. The children are allowed to purchase anything but alcohol or tobacco products. The marjority of the children use their gift card to buy dad, mom, brothers and sisters gifts as well as using their gift cards to buy groceries.
This program covers all of Callaway County, including the communities of Fulton, Holts Summit, New Bloomfield, Auxvasse and many others. Although the program is called Shop With A Cop, all forms of emergency personnel volunteer their time in this mission including Fulton Police Department, Holts Summit Police Department, New Bloomfield Police Department, Callaway County Sheriff Department, Missouri Highway Patrol, Fulton Fire Department, Holts Summit Fire Department, Callaway County Fire Department, Department of Corrections, and Callaway Ambulance.
Here is a story on Fulton’s Shop With A Cop that aired on KOMU-TV.