Applications are now being accepted for Dallas County Sheriff’s Benevolent Association (DCSBA) Shop with a Cop and Food Basket programs. These programs are offered annually to Dallas County residents in need during the holiday season.
An online application can be submitted for your family or completed on behalf of a family in your area who is experiencing emotional or financial hardship.
The Food Basket and Shop with a Cop programs help as many families as possible during the holiday season, especially the children. One hundred percent of donations to the DCSBA stay in Dallas County.
The Shop With A Cop program takes about 50 plus children shopping each holiday season to the Wal-Mart in Dallas County. Each child is teamed up with a deputy or police officer, who then helps them pick out Christmas presents for themselves and family members.
Each child receives a specific amount of money to spend on gifts that they choose. At the end of the shopping experience, the gifts are wrapped by volunteers and members of the DCSBA and sent home with the child.
The Food Basket program delivers boxes filled with meat, canned food, bread, milk, eggs, potatoes and gift certificates donated by local restaurants and businesses, plus sweets for the children, toys and various other foods and sundries.
Food for the food baskets has been donated for many years by Doug Bruce, the recently retired president of Osmundson Manufacturing in Perry, along with many other generous business owners in Dallas County.
The deadline for Food Basket and Shop with a Cop applications is Nov. 25.