Shop with a Cop brings smiles to both children and officers

This is our first year doing the Antlers Shop With A Cop program. It was created many years ago to help families in need with kids provide the Christmas gifts for their little ones by shopping beside police officers, firemen, other first responders, and several other county, state, and federal employees, letting them pick out whatever their hearts desire for Christmas for themselves, or their loved ones (under $100 per child).

The program is completely funded by donations from local businesses, civic groups, and individuals and can always use your help. Any of these donors can donate cash, or sponsor a family (usually 3 at $100 apiece) financially by donating anonymously, or join in the fun by personally escorting the family around the store helping them pick out their gifts. Local volunteers are also encouraged to help if they can. It’s really very rewarding to help where help is needed most, and watching these kids having the time of their lives at Christmas is what it’s all about.

We hope that on the morning of the event, that many kids will be grinning from ear to ear while combing the aisles looking for that perfect gift they’ve always wanted, with many unselfishly choosing something for mom, dad, or grandma. We want this first year to be the most magical experience with the help of our community volunteers and donors.

If you know of a family that could use a little help providing gifts for their kids this year and would like to nominate them to participate, please submit your referral here.

If you’re a parent or guardian needing a little help, please submit an application here

If you’re a business that wants to sponsor a family or you’re a business/civic group wanting to donate, it’s greatly appreciated and can be done by mailing your donation to:

Shop With A Cop

c/o Antlers Police Dept

100 SE 2nd Street

Antlers, OK 74523

All referrals and requests are screened by a committee, and participants are then contacted with the details of the event, including the date and time it will be held.

Deadline is December 6th, 2024 for applications to be turned in.

If you have questions about donating to the program, please contact City Hall at 580-298-3756.

If you would life to volunteer and are a first responder, fire fighter, police officer, sheriff deputy, OHP, dispatch, City/County Official or even retired police/first responder, please click here to apply to assist children in shopping for Christmas gifts this year. If you are interested in volunteering for your community, please fill out the application above. Must be 18 years or older to apply.