Inspired by a TV program that profiled the national program, MCSO Sheriff Robbie Holland and his wife established the Shop with a Cop (SWAC) program in Macon County, 25 years ago.
Highlands Police Chief Andrea Holland, who began her law enforcement career when Sheriff Holland hired her, has helped with SWAC for sixteen years.
The local SWAC program now serves approximately 200 at-risk children annually, each of whom is matched with a police officer who takes them Christmas shopping with a $100 gift card.
The officers make sure each child buys at least one gift for someone in their family, takes them out for a meal and helps them wrap the presents at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands, where the child also receives a warm winter coat. If there are additional children in the family, they are included in the outing.
Sheriff Holland commended and thanked the Rotary Club of Highlands for its long-time financial support of the program.
“Your members’ contributions have insured that we have always been able to fund every single Highlands child who is referred to us,” said Sheriff Holland.
All members of the Highlands community are encouraged to support the Shop with a Cop by dropping off contributions to the Highlands Police Department.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read about last year’s Shop with a Cop event HERE.
Pictured at the top of the article from left are Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland, Rotary President Zach Claxton, and Highlands Police Chief Andrea Holland who introduced Sheriff Holland to The Rotary Club of Highlands at its virtual and in-person meeting on Nov. 3.