The shop with a cop Foundation of Silicon Valley works on behalf of law enforcement officers and the communities they serve locally to shape strong partnerships and breakdown communication barriers;rebuilding trust through active engagement, education programs and outreach.
Please help us to make this holiday season a little brighter for children in crisis and under-served youth.
For the past 10 years, the Shop with a Cop Foundation Silicon Valley hosts over 100 under-served children for a holiday shopping spree with local Bay Area police officers. For many of the children, this special opportunity becomes the only holiday experience they will have. Some participants are selected from the Readers Are Leaders reading campaign at local elementary schools, where they “earn” their way to the shopping spree. Other children participating are living in traumatic crisis from the loss of a parent, domestic violence and other tragedies. With a uniformed police officer by their side during the shopping spree, each child receives a $150.00 Target gift card to shop for gifts for their family members and for themselves.
Readers are Leaders Reading Campaign All learning is built on the foundation of reading. The
It’s really great to see the camaraderie between the officers and the kids and how they build a relationship and both get an understanding of each other. It’s really great to see.
Matt Keller-ABC News
It’s kind of nice [Heroes & Helpers] because it’s a blessing in disguise. I’ve met Manuel and what he was thinking about more is giving to others instead of just getting a gift for himself. It makes me see things from a different perspective.
Officer Bob-Milpitas PD
If every parent understood the huge educational benefits and intense happiness brought about by reading aloud to their children, and if every parent- and every adult caring for a child-read aloud a minimum of three stories a day to the children in our lives, we could probably wipe out illiteracy within one generation.