Blain’s Farm and Fleet: Partners with Janesville Police Department’s Shop with a Cop Program for 25 local students
Media Contact: Gayla Kirshner
Janesville, Wis. December 11th, 2017 – Blain’s Farm & Fleet is proud to partner with the Janesville Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program.
The Janesville Police Department started the program seven years ago allowing one student from each of Janesville’s elementary schools to be picked up from school in a squad car and shop a local retail store for gifts for their family and themselves during the holiday season. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is excited to partner with local police in their effort to bring holiday cheer to more local students.
“As a family owned company, the holidays are very special to us, and every child should know the joy of Christmas,” said Kristin Stewart, Chief Marketing Office for Blain’s Farm & Fleet. “Giving the children in our local community the opportunity to shop, not only for themselves but for their whole family, makes this a unique program. You can see that they delight in the joy of giving even more than in receiving, and that is what Christmas is all about.”
Blain’s Farm and Fleet is providing the 25 students with $200 gift cards to do their shopping and local police officers are providing personal shopper support. With more students involved, there was a need for more officers, and the Janesville Police Department was determined to make it happen. Officers from the Milton Police Department and Deputies from the Rock County Sherriff’s Department graciously accepted the opportunity to help the kids shop.
“This event allows police officers a chance to have positive interaction with children, and they do not get that chance very often,” said Chad Sullivan, Crime Prevention Officer for the Janesville Police Department. “This year more than ever, children need to see officers in a good light. The events in the media about police, give children and citizens a false impression about who we are as officers. Thank you to Blain’s for allowing us to have this amazing experience with the kids.”
Students will be picked up after school this week and driven in a squad car to Blain’s Farm and Fleet to shop with the help of an officer. Students, families and officers are encouraged to stay after and have a bite to eat. Volunteers will help them wrap their gifts to take home.
“We are so happy that these children and their families will have a Merry Christmas this year. And we thank our local officers for their service to our community now and all year round,” said Stewart.
Blain’s Farm and Fleet of Janesville
2421 Old Humes Road (Hwy 14)
Janesville, Wi 53545
Founded in 1955, Blain’s Farm & Fleet stores are specialty discount retailers with 38 locations throughout Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. The company remains steadfast in its commitment to offering customers high quality products, competitive prices and reliable service. Visit www.farmandfleet.com.