Shop with a Cop canceled, but Holiday Food Baskets remain

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Delivering Christmas food baskets for the Dallas County Sheriff's Benevolent Association's 24th annual event in 2019 were members of the Perry Volunteer Fire Department, from left, Assistant Fire Chief Frank Eiteman, Firefighter Jennifer Lauer, Assistant Fire Chief Grason Hill and Firefighter Dave Barkley. Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 baskets.

Dallas County’s annual Shop with a Cop program has been canceled for this year, but the Holiday Food Basket program will still deliver holiday goodness, authorities announced recently.

“After much deliberation and taking into account the safety of the children and families we serve, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Benevolent Association (DCSBA) has decided to postpone the annual Shop With A Cop program until 2021,” the association announced Sept. 29.

The DCSBA’s top priority is the public’s health and safety, and the novel coronavirus global pandemic makes the cancellation necessary, the DCSBA statement said.

“While this is not the action we wanted, our deputies, officers, troopers and correctional officer volunteers often come into contact with potential COVID-19 cases, and we therefore feel it is in the best interest of all,” the statement said.

Applications for the Holiday Food Basket program are still being accepted. Apply or nominate a Dallas County family in need on the DCSBA website.

The Holiday Food Basket program helps as many families as possible during the holiday season, especially the children. Fully 100% of donations to the DCSBA stay in Dallas County.

“Our food basket program delivers boxes filled with meat, canned food, bread, milk, eggs, potatoes, gift certificates donated by local restaurants and businesses, sweets for the children, toys and various other foods and sundries,” the DCSBA said. “The food is donated by Heather Bruce in Perry, and many other generous business owners in Dallas County.”

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