New Castle News

Local News

November 28, 2013

Police gearing up for Shop With a Cop

NEW CASTLE — Police in Lawrence County are getting ready to go Christmas shopping.

They’re not buying for themselves. They are using thousands of dollars collected from the community to take lesser fortunate children on their annual “Shop With a Cop” spree at Walmart in Union Township.

This year’s event is Dec. 5, and so far, they have amassed $17,000 for the effort with hope that amount will keep growing.

New Castle police officer John George, in charge of organizing this year’s effort,  estimates the funds will buy $125 worth of gifts for each of 100 or more children. The more money that comes in through donations before then will mean that more children could benefit, he said.

The children are chosen to receive the gifts through schools or other human service agencies, based upon their families’ financial need.

 They are paired off with law enforcement or emergency services workers who take them through the store with a shopping cart to select the items they want to buy. Some buy toys. Some choose clothing or warm winter wear. Others in the past have used some of their money to buy gifts for their parents, brothers and sisters.

Participants this year will include officers from all of the police departments in the county, Lawrence County’s district attorney and adult and juvenile probation offices, emergency medical services, fire departments and ambulance services.

“A lot of people donate every year,” George said, adding that this year, Walmart gave $5,000 and another donor, Shirley Phillips, also gave $5,000 on behalf of a memorial fund established for her daughter, Danielle Lee Kennedy, who died in a traffic accident in October of 2006. Her fund also is supported by donations and is used for scholarships and other charities. Danielle would have been 24 years old this year on Dec. 5.

In return, the police have offered to help Phillips locally with her involvement in  the B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) program that provides free advanced driver education for teens. The program nationally was formed by racing star Doug Herbert, who lost his two sons in a traffic accident in 2008.

 George said another $1,500 for Shop With a Cop came from other private donors, and some was left over from last year. The fund also provide money for other youth-related programs, he said.

Anyone who wants to donate to the program may make checks payable to “Shop With a Cop.” They may be dropped off at the New Castle police station or mailed there, to New Castle Police Department, 303 E. North St. , New Castle, Pa., 16101.


Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Pride.tiff New Castle Schools: Second-grader recognized for reading 200 books

    Alexandra Browne of New Castle could very well be Lawrence County’s youngest bookworm. The petite, curly-haired 8-year-old was summoned to the New Castle school board meeting Monday with her parents, Rochelle and Ted Browne, to receive the district’s Pride and Promise award for April.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hilcorp a partner in vo-tech shale course

    A shale drilling company’s contribution to the vo-tech school will help fund a curriculum for careers in that field.

    April 19, 2014

  • 01.jpg Photo Gallery: Church’s tradition of Easter countdown continues

    Easter is keenly anticipated by Christians around the globe. But perhaps nowhere is its arrival more heralded than at Independent Methodist Church.

    April 18, 2014 11 Photos

  • Lawrence county receives state grant

    Lawrence County will receive state funding to update its comprehensive plan. The county will receive $47,000, in the form of a Municipal Assistance Grant, from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, according to state Sen. Elder J. Vogel.

    April 18, 2014

  • Mahoning Township sets spring cleanup

    Mahoning Township will have its spring cleanup the weeks of April 28 and May 5. Residents should place items at the curb the day before their scheduled collection. They should be neatly bagged or bundled.

    April 18, 2014

  • Vo-Skills.jpg VoTech team claims silver medal state honors

    The Lawrence County Career and Technical Center boasts a team of disciplined, well-spoken winners. The school’s SkillsUSA team, comprised of 21 students, stood against other schools from throughout Pennsylvania last week in Hershey.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Columbia Gas announces pipeline replacement work

    Columbia Gas has scheduled a pipeline replacement project for New Castle. Beginning this month, the company will replace approximately 2,800 feet of existing steel pipe along Eastbrook and Paper Mill roads and Cascade Street. The project is expected to be completed in July.

    April 17, 2014

  • ESB Financial reports earnings increase

    ESB Financial Corp., parent company of ESB Bank, has announced an increase in earnings for the quarter ended March 31.

    April 17, 2014

  • Author.tiff Arthur the author: Children’s writer/illustrator visits Neshannock Elementary

    A story about a grandmother and her granddaughter flying over a city grew from the vivid imagination of children’s author Arthur Dorros. “Abuela” also spurred the creativity of students at Neshannock Memorial Elementary School who had eagerly awaited a visit from Dorros yesterday.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greer House changes name

    Greer House, a provider of assisted living services and care to seniors, has unveiled its new name. “We are thrilled about our new name — Clen-Moore Place,” said executive director Susan Leise, “because it better reflects our commitment to provide a vibrant environment where our residents thrive each and every day.

    April 16, 2014