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posted: 12/23/2012 5:00 AM

Thanks for support of 'Shop with Cop'

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Since 1999, the Mundelein Police Department has worked with community members and business owners to make the holidays a little happier for local children through Shop with a Cop and our other holiday programs. The children are identified by local schools, churches, and social service agencies.

I have been honored to see the generosity of dozens of companies and private citizens over the last 13 years. The amounts donated range from a few dollars to thousands, but each donation has the same sentiment behind it -- blessing others' lives through giving be it your time, talents, or treasure, is the true meaning of the holiday season.

I've seen so many touching things through this program like the child who was selected and came with her family and insisted that she didn't want a present but used her gift card to buy presents for her younger siblings.

This year's holiday events were made possible by donations from: Medline Charitable Foundation, Elly's Pancake House, Mike's Appliance Repair in Libertyville, Super Target -- Mundelein, Donations made in Memory of Officer Ray Neumann, Mundelein Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association Components for Industry, Lake County Crime Stoppers and other Mundelein residents that wish to remain anonymous.

Thank you to all the people and businesses that have sustained this program over the years. You have truly made a difference in the lives of these families. Happy Holidays,

Raymond J. Rose, Chief of Police

Mundelein

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