Shop with a Cop/Hero pie auction will be Nov. 23

November 4, 2022

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Shop with a Cop/Hero pie auction will be Nov. 23

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

LUDINGTON — The annual Shop with a Cop/Shop with a Hero pie auction fundraiser is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The auction raises money for the annual shopping event that will take place Dec. 12-15 at Walmart and Meijer. Ludington Police Department School Resources Officer Austin Morris said this year’s goal is to take 80 kids shopping, up from the normal 70.
Shop with a Cop/Shop with a Hero provides kids with a stipend that allows them to go with a police officer, firefighter, military member, or EMT and purchase Christmas gifts for their families, an opportunity many of them do not have. In addition to purchasing gifts, the gifts are typically wrapped and the shoppers are provided with a sub sandwich from Jimmy John’s. They also have the opportunity to receive a Christmas tree from Nickelson’s Tree Farm of Amber Township. 

“This event is often the highlight of the year for many of our first responders,” Morris said. “To see the excitement in these children, who mostly do not have the opportunity to buy gifts for their families, is just amazing.” 

The program relies on donations from the community. One of the biggest fundraisers is the pie auction that takes place just before Thanksgiving. Individuals and businesses can donate a pie to be auctioned off by delivering it to the Ludington Municipal Building, 400 S. Harrison St., on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. 

The auction will take place on the Shop with a Cop/Hero Facebook page (click here) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 23. Pies can be picked up from 4 to 6 p.m. that day. Payments can be made with credit card, cash or check. 

Morris said the program will also take donations from people who are unable to donate a pie or unable to bid on a pie. Donations can be sent to Ludington Police Department, 400 S. Harrison St., Ludington, MI 49431, note Shop with a Cop in the memo. 

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