The Atlantic Police Department’s Reserves are once again sponsoring a “Family Dream Christmas.” On December 20th, 2014 the Atlantic Police Reserves will be sponsoring the 7th annual Family Dream Christmas program. The program is for Cass County Residents only. During the program, we will furnish the officers and transportation to take the selected families shopping here within Atlantic. Families will be taken shopping in Atlantic to purchase items that they are in need of as well as to purchase gifts for the children from their parents, and for the parents from the children.
On December 21st, 2014 the Atlantic Police Department will be holding the 14th annual Shop with a Cop Program. This program is for children of Cass County. During the program, officers will take children shopping in our local Wal-Mart store. Children will be assisted in finding items that they are in need of such as; coats, hats, gloves, boots, as well as other clothing. Children will also be able to pick out some items that may be on their wish list for the year.
The Police Reserves will be accepting cash donations to help support these two programs from now through the 17th of December. Donations can be dropped off at the Atlantic Police Department. Officials are asking for primarily cash donations this year.
Applications for families wishing to participate in the Family Dreams Christmas Program can be picked up at the Atlantic Police Department. Applications can be picked up starting November 13th and must be turned back in by December 10th by 4:00 PM to be considered. After all applications have been received, they will be reviewed and the chosen families will be contacted. There is no set limit on the number of families chosen; it will correspond to the amount of donations received. The Reserves will try to help as many families as possible.
The Atlantic Police and Reserve Departments would like to thank everyone in the past that has helped and would also like to thank those of whom are anticipating on helping with our wonderful programs. For questions or inquiries call the Atlantic Police Department at (712) 243-3512.
***In 2013, the Family Dreams program sponsored 10 full families***
***Additionally helped 2 other families with toys and assistance***
***In 2013 Shop with a Cop sponsored 25 children***
***Spent just over $12,000 on the two programs, all which was Donated by the public and local businesses***