The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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November 28, 2012

Funds lagging for Carl Junction’s annual “Shop with a Cop”

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Carl Junction Police Chief Delmar Haase may not resemble Old St. Nick, but he has helped play the part of Santa Claus to area kids through the “Shop with a Cop” program since 2004.

 Haase, along with the rest of the members of the Carl Junction Police Department, has raised funds for the annual event that pairs officers with underprivileged students from the Carl Junction School District. The students are given $100 each and they use it to shop. Starting with 50 students in 2004, the program has steadily grown to include 242 students last year.  

“Every penny we get goes directly to the kids,” Haase said. “We don’t take any money for administrative costs. This is all for them.”

This year, the department is seeing a dip in its fundraising efforts. Haase cited fewer major donations than in years past. In addition to business donations, the school district administration and staff holds fundraisers to fund the trip. Currently, the department has raised nearly $20,000, which would fund nearly 200 students for the trip.

“We haven’t lost anyone, but a few places had to scale back what they donated,” Haase said. We are still in that last push before the trip to get as many kids as possible to come out with us.”

The department’s goal is to keep the event at the same level as previous years.

“We aren’t setting out to break records or anything, this isn’t what this is about,” Haase said. “Our goal is to just make sure that we at least get the same amount of kids out as we did last year. We have to have the funds in place to do that.”

The event will be held on Dec.15 at the Wal-Mart located at 1501 Range Line in Joplin. In addition to Carl Junction officers, the department enlists help from several nearby departments.

“We get officers from the Kansas side who call in and help to make sure all of the kids have someone to go with,” Haase said. “There’s also a lot of nearby police from the county who will also help out. A lot of the local emergency and police will step up and help out.”

Haase said his department has sent out letters seeking donations, forgoing soliciting donations over the phone. The Carl Junction Police Department is still taking donations. Details: 417-649-7070.


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