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San Jose Police Department and Target Corp. to Host Holiday Shopping Event
Filed under Press Release, on 12/6/2016 10:03:00 AM by Author: Albert Morales #3477.

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WHAT: 9th Annual Shop With a Cop - Heroes and Helpers Holiday Shopping Spree
WHO: Officers from San Jose Police Department, San Jose Police Reserves, SJPD Homicide Unit, Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, Los Altos Police, California Highway Patrol, West Valley College District Police, San Jose State University Police, FBI, Los Gatos Police, Campbell Police, Redwood City Police, Santa Clara County DA's Investigators office, Milpitas Police, Foothill/ De Anza Police, San Jose/West Valley College Dist Police. San Jose Police Communications, Santa Clara Co. Correctional Officers, and Emeryville Police, DEA, San Mateo Sheriff will join Target store employees and the Shop with a Cop Foundation of Silicon Valley in hosting the 8th annual Heroes and Helpers Holiday shopping spree.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
SAP Center North Entrance (Parking Lot A) 525 W. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA. & Target Corporation (College Park Store)
533 Coleman Avenue
San Jose, California 95110
(408) 346-2022

The 9th Annual Shop with a Cop Heroes and Helpers Holiday shopping spree for under-served youth will be held on Thursday, December 8th at Target store on Coleman Avenue in San Jose.

For the past 8 years, the Shop with a Cop Foundation Silicon Valley hosts over 100 under-served children for a holiday shopping spree with local Bay Area police officers. For many of the children, this special opportunity becomes the only holiday experience they will have. 70 children are selected from the "Readers Are Leaders" reading campaign at local elementary schools, where they “earn” their way to the shopping spree. The additional 38 children participating are living in traumatic crisis from the loss of a parent, domestic violence and other tragedies. With a uniformed police officer by their side during the shopping spree, each child receives a $125.00 Target gift card to shop for gifts for their family members and for themselves. The whole premise is to humanize the people behind the badge so that children can grow up trusting the police. This unique program brings the holiday spirit to children who need it most, and hopes to build safer communities for our future.

Local sports celebrities and sports mascots have also been invited to attend. Organizers will be available to provide brief remarks and details about the Shop with a Cop Foundation and its impact on the community.

Target’s Heroes and helpers is an event that helps less fortunate children purchase gifts for their families and themselves. This program is co-sponsored by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies nationwide during the holiday shopping spree events.  The overall theme is to foster strong relationships between youth and police officers in order to change perceptions that young children might have toward the police so we may have a safer community tomorrow. 

Target Corp. has had a longstanding commitment to building strong, healthy and safe communities, which include partnerships with law enforcement. This community giving and service event is one way Target gives five percent of its profits—which today equals more than $4 million per week—to communities. 

Funding for Shop with a Cop was provided by a grant from San Jose Mercury News Wishbook, Target, Chevron, Intero Foundation, Local businesses: Loft/Capers/Comcast, Castellano Family Foundation and private donations. 

“Our annual Heroes & Helpers events pair public safety officials with community youth for holiday shopping sprees at our stores,” Target representatives said. “Through our 2016 program, we donated more than $150,000 to agencies in approximately 200 communities across the U.S.”

People wishing to make a donation so more children may participate, can mail them to: P.O Box 8003, San Jose, CA 95155 Checks made payable to Shop with a Cop Foundation SV or at via Pay Pal.

Inquires may be directed to Cory Sanders of Target Corporation at (408) 346-2022 or email

BY: Officer Albert Morales #3477 AUTHORIZED BY: Officer Albert Morales #3477
DATE: 12/06/2016 TIME: 10:30 AM DATE: 12/6/2016 TIME: 10:30 AM


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