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Shop with a Cop

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How it works…before Christmas the selected families provide a list of needs and complete an application.  Once the families are selected, one child from each family goes with Officers and shops for gifts at local businesses.  Volunteers from ACT NOW and the Gerrish Twp. Police Dept. wrap and tag all of the gifts and deliver them to the families a few days before Christmas.  We sponsor 7 families each year.

Since 2002, the Gerrish Township Police Dept. and ACT NOW have sponsored this community program and have brightened the holidays for 140 families including 502 children and 234 adults!

For more information on donating to Shop-With-a-Cop click here:  SHOP WITH A COP Info 2019  

For a Shop-With-A-Cop APPLICATION click here:  Application for SWAC (No Questionnaire)

SHOP WITH A COP Stuffed Animal Fundraiser

Every year ACT NOW & Gerrish Township Police Department sell a different stuffed animal and all proceeds go towards the Annual Shop-With-A-Cop Program.

This year (2020) we have Tie-Dye Turtles as our animal in three different sizes and each size is available in three different colors:  Green, Blue and Orange.

Traditionally we set up a booth at the Michigan Firemen’s Memorial Festival and sell the animals in one day, however due to COVID-19, the committee has cancelled the festival that would take place in September, 2020.  We are still selling the animals as a community member has donated them so all the profits go towards the SWAC Program.

If you would like to purchase turtle(s) or place an order, please stop by the Gerrish Twp. Police Department or contact Julie Hill at (989) 821-5207 Ext. 291 or email Julie at jhill@gerrishpolice.org.


Thank you to all of the donors and volunteers and especially our Gerrish Officers that made our 17th Annual Shop-With-A-Cop Program a great success!  We were able to provide support and gifts to 10 local families including 22 children and 17 adults.


Thank you to all of the donors, volunteers and officers that made this year’s program a success!  We provided gifts for 7 local families which included 28 children and 12 adults.


Thank you to all the donors who helped make our 15th Annual Shop-With-A-Cop a great success.  We provided Christmas gifts for seven local families which included 20 children and 12 adults!  Thank you to the volunteers who helped wrap all the gifts and to the Gerrish Police Officers that shopped with the children and delivered the gifts on Dec. 22nd.

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