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San Bernardino County Sheriff's Employees' Benefit Association Back To School Shop With A Cop 2017

Thanks to generous donors and benevolent SEBA members, 75 children were treated to a $200 shopping spree through the annual Back to School Shop With a Cop program.

San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff's, District Attorney Investigators, Welfare Fraud Investigators, Probation Corrections Officers, academy cadets and San Bernardino Police Department Officers donated their time to help kids buy much-needed back to school items at the Colton Walmart.

Each law enforcement volunteer was paired up with a child who was chosen due on the basis of need and merit to participate in the program. The duos were let loose at the Colton Walmart with a mission to get all the necessary items for a successful school year.

SEBA has offered the Shop With a Cop program for many years and traditionally hosts similar shopping sprees during December. However, it became increasingly apparent there was a great need in the community to buy clothes, shoes, backpacks and other items months before the Christmas event was offered

Responding the need, SEBA created the Back to School event.

Shop With a Cop events are common among other law enforcement agencies but SEBA attempts to make its program stand out by targeting children who are mover the age of 10. These older children are often neglected by other assistance programs – not for nefarious reasons but because it is often easier to give toys to younger children. Older children also learn to ask for less.

SEBA cherishes its Shop With a Cop programs not only because of the obvious benefit of giving tangible items to needy children; but because of the less evident asset of spending time with members of the community. SEBA members get to spend time with kids – outside of any law enforcement capacity – and simply have fun with them, getting to know their interests and likes through the items they pick out. The time spent boding with the kids is priceless.

The kids get necessary school items and the deputies get to know they made an impact in a child’s life; the benefits of Shop With a Cop are definitely reciprocal.

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