Thank you for a wonderful program year! I am writing to let you know how well our program went this year. For the record we received over $8500.00 in donations this year for our “Shop” program. The majority of that funding came from the Walmart Foundation through our two local Walmart stores. Because of the funding level this year we were able to add a new “Shop” event partnering with Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue firefighters in addition to our regular “Shop” events with our local law enforcement partners (Longview Police, Cowlitz County Sheriffs, Castle Rock Police, Kelso Police and Department of Corrections). I am excited to report all three events went so well that both Walmart stores have already committed to providing funding for next year.
In the meantime I want to share some of the statistics for this years program: There were 41 law enforcement officers involved this year. In addition, there were 20 firefighters and another 24 volunteers including family members and fire/science cadets who helped with wrapping.
Through the program this year we were able to bless 59 children with opportunity to shop with a first responder. In addition, we provided Christmas gifts for 4 other younger children who are siblings of some of the participants. The program was also able to provide Christmas gifts for six children at the Community House this year through a partnership with a local church.
Chaplain Doug Fields
2014 “Shop” Coordinator