"Napa Shop With a Cop" will hold its Cop Casino Royale fundraiser on Nov. 2 at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville.
"Shop With a Cop," which actually takes place in December at the local Target store, offers needy children a chance to buy presents for the holidays in partnership with a supportive law enforcement officer.
The program is coordinated through the
Napa Police Department’s Juvenile Diversion program.
"Our goal is to
provide a positive contact between a needy child and a law enforcement
officer, while also providing the child with the opportunity to give
presents during the holiday season to family members," said Bill Hernandez, a staff member in the Napa police department.
"We have partnered with
Target, which opens their store up at 6 a.m.
just for our event," he said.
"The child is paired with a police officer, and they go shopping for presents for the child’s family members," Hernandez added. "The officer helps the child budget and pick out the gifts.
"When they are done
shopping (the child has $100 to spend), the gifts are provided to other
volunteers who wrap the gifts while the child and the officer have
breakfast," he said.
"The child is provided with their wrapped gifts and a gift
for themselves as they leave Target to reunite with their parents," Hernandez added. "It
is a great event."
The fundraiser on Nov. 2, which includes casino games, silent auction, hors d'oevres, wine and beer, is the primary source of financing for the program.
Tickets are $40. For tickets, contact Hernandez at BHernandez@cityofnapa.org, or Toni McIntosh at TMcIntosh@cityofnapa.org.