Portland, Ore. – 275 students are shopping with Portland police officers for back to school clothes this morning in Northeast Portland. KXL’S Rosemary Reynolds is with them and says even though this happens every year, this year is one of their biggest ever! Click Here to donate to the Sunshine Division Izzy’s Kids Fund.
On Wednesday, August 21, at 7 a.m., the Sunshine Division will partner with Fred Meyer and Camp Rosenbaum to fund the annual “Shop with a Cop” event at the Gateway Fred Meyer store, located at 1111 Northeast 102nd Avenue.
This year marks the 17-year anniversary of Shop with a Cop, where Portland Police Bureau members, Multnomah County sheriffs, and up to 275 kids spend a morning together shopping for back-to-school clothing. Participating kids are identified by the Boys and Girls Club of Portland, Islamic Social Services of Oregon State, Healthy Birth Initiative, Marathon Scholars, and Multnomah County Youth and Family Services Division and are selected based on their financial need.
The Sunshine Division, with support of Fred Meyer, and Camp Rosenbaum, have partnered to fund the program with $34,000 for the event. In addition to the cash donation, Fred Meyer provides a significant discount off clothing purchased at the event along with school supplies and toiletries for each child.
“Not only does this event help the kids involved, it’s a great opportunity for officers to spend some time engaging youth, said Sunshine Division’s Bureau Liaison, Officer Matt Tobey. “In addition to the Shop With a Cop event, the Sunshine Division actually features a year-round program where officers can take kids in need shopping for clothes. Over the past decade, more than 3,000 students have been helped.”
The Sunshine Division funds the Shop with a Cop event through its Izzy’s Kids program. Sunshine Division has fundraised and invested roughly $500,000 in the Izzy’s Kids Shop with a Cop program in the last decade. Izzy’s Kids, which began in 1981 in honor of longtime board member Isabel Hoyt, provides funds so that Portland police officers can take children in need shopping for new school clothes. The Izzy’s Kids program operates year-round and will pair an additional 300 kids with officers, for a unique, one-on-one shopping experience throughout the remainder of the school year. The year-round Izzy’s Kids program is generously funded by the Richard R. Burns Estate and loyal private donors.