Shop With a Cop

Local youth recently enjoyed an opportunity to shop with law enforcement officers and volunteers in Marana.

Last week, the Marana Police Department and the Marana Police Volunteers hosted the first Shop with a Volunteer/Shop with a Cop event. On Saturday, Feb. 25,  more than 30 students from the Marana Unified School District participated in a shopping spree at the Kohl’s in Marana. 

The students were chosen based on their need, and represented all ages—from the youngest elementary school students to an emancipated high school senior. 

“These children and families are being selected by the school district as those who need a little help with some basic needs for the kids,” said Marana Police Department Volunteer Thomas Cox.

Funding for the shopping spree was raised a few months ago at the Pride for the Patch golf tournament for first responders, military and their veterans. The event was hosted by Marana Police Volunteers with support from the Marana Police Department. 

“The plan with the proceeds from the event was to help our Marana community,” Cox said. 

In addition to the funds provided by the Marana Police Volunteers, Kohl’s provided Kohl’s cash, as well as 25 percent off everything in the store. 

“Kohl’s was fantastic,” said Marana Police Chief Terry Rozema. “They rolled out the red carpet.”

The store not only provided the discounts and bonus funds, but also had plenty of employees on-hand to assist with their shopping needs. Students were able to purchase new clothing and shoes as well as other necessities. 

This was the second such donation from the golf tournament proceeds. The first occurred last December when the Marana Police Volunteers donated to Open Doors Community School. The school was selected due to its willingness to take in every student, including students who have struggled academically or with discipline issues at other schools. 

This tournament was also the second Pride for the Patch. In 2016, the Marana Police Department Volunteer Foundation presented a check for $12,377.07 to the pediatric unit at Banner University Medical Center.

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