Shop-with-a-Cop lives on because of K-Mart employee's
dedication, deputy says
By Tracy Lund
December 11, 2006 | NORTH LOGAN -- Christmas came earlier
than usual for 46 Cache Valley children, not to mention
46 Cache law enforcement officers.
Officers from every agency in Cache County teamed
with local retail store K-Mart for "Shop with a Cop,"
a program where kids can team up with an officer and
spend $100 on anything they want to buy.
Sgt. P. Anderson of the Cache County Sheriff's Office
said while the program used to be sponsored by K-Mart,
it hasn't been for a long time. When K-Mart stopped
their sponsorship, one employee stepped in to keep the
"Relda Sandgran at K-Mart wanted to keep this program
going for the kids," said Anderson. "She starts every
January and works all year to raise money for the program,
she makes lunch for the K-Mart employees and sells it
for $3 a plate to raise money."
The money raised by Relda and K-Mart employees combined
with donations from local businesses and money raised
by the Deputies Association make the program possible
Anderson said the festivities started at 8 a.m. on
Saturday with breakfast for the kids and the officers
at Golden Corral, then off to K-Mart to shop and meet
"It was an awesome thing to see," Anderson said. "We
leave Golden Corral and we go lights and sirens all
the way to K-Mart, with each kid in a separate car running
the lights and sirens." Anderson said people driving
around at that time probably think there is something
really big going on with lights and sirens going in
46 police cars, but the kids love it.
Anderson said there were more cops than kids this
year. "When we got to K-Mart, I looked around and it
was just a sea of brown," she said. "The officers love
doing it. After they come the first time, they always
Once they arrive at K-Mart, each child gets a $100
gift card to spend any way they like. Anderson said
when a child is chosen for the program they take a list
home to fill out with information about the number of
siblings in their home, then with just a little bit
of guidance from the officers, the kids get to pick
out the things they want to buy. Anderson said many
come knowing exactly what they want to buy and others
have a harder time deciding.
"The program is growing more and more each year,"
Anderson said, "and everyone is fine with that. Relda's
goal is the same every year -- just one more kid."