When thinking of the police, some think of them helping with crime, but going above and beyond, the Portsmouth Police department does just this, with their “Shop with a Cop” program and they have some friends to help them too.
The Portsmouth Police Department has began its quest to raise money for their “Shop with a Cop” program. Several of the men are participating in No-Shave November to help with this cause. The men were permitted to grow their beards all month with a fee that would go in the Shop program money. They each paid $50.00 to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 33, which is a 501 C non-profit organization. Some of the officers declined to grow their beards, but still contributed to the fund anyway. The funds raised will be placed in the “Shop a Cop” fund and also will be contributed to a cancer fund to help raise awareness.
The “Shop with a Cop” program works in the community to help some of our underprivileged children get things for Christmas, where they may not get anything.
Not to outshine the No-Shave November, but to help our men in blue with the “Shop with a Cop, the Fuzion Grill and Senora Mexican Restaurant have once again joined in their effort to raise money for this great program. Last Saturday, Senora raised money by donating a percentage of their profits for the day. David Neace, part owner of both the Fuzion Grill and Senora, said that they had lots of police and their families, plus many other patrons, who wanted to come and help, and all wanting to contribute to the program.
Neace said with “Shop with a Cop”, the families come in and eat, plus they have baked goods to sell during that day. They also were selling T-shirts made by Special Touch Embroidery in West Portsmouth, owners, Travis and Brandon Hoyme.
He said that they partner with them often for these type of things. The T-Shirts can be seen on their Facebook page and in photo. The shirts say Support Blue and have a Superman type symbol. Senora also had donation box and many people put money in there. At the end of the day, they then add up totals and present a check to “Shop with a Cop.” They will be giving them this check this week.
The day that the Cops take the kids to shop, Senora and Fuzion are again helping by, feeding the kids after the shopping. They will bring the kids to to be fed by them, and the parents too, if they come.
Fuzion and Senora both partnered with this program last year also, and Neace said they plan on doing this every year in the future as long as they do it. “We love the community, that is one thing about Senora is, it’s not just about the business, it’s about the community.”
What the Portsmouth Police are trying to do in this community is wonderful and with the help of both Fuzion and Senora. Team work is what it’s all about. Things are rough all around, but our men and women in Blue are trying to do something great and have partnered with this group to raise even more awareness for our kids in need in our community. Just sharing a little cheer with those less fortunate than themselves.
Neace hinted that there will be more to come. Plans will be ironed out this week, and Senora and Fuzion plan on doing this at the first of December. They will once again partner up with Special Touch Embroidery and Life Point and hopefully two other places. “What we want to do is something huge for families in need and for kids, hopefully from Dec. 1st through the 20th.”
“Our goal and thought is, Senora’s will try to raise somewhere in the range of $2,000 to $3,000 for kids, maybe more. We will go shopping and get kids gifts and deliver them. Martina and Tonya Miranda are the majority owners and Neace is partner with Senora. Fuzion Grill is owned by Martina and Tonya with partners Misty and Kenn Matias. Our goal is to let people know that Senora and Fuzion care about the community.
We want to make sure that everyone knows that we are joining up with the cops and the community for our kids. to really try to change a life. It’s not about any one person. It’s about broken people, broken families, they deserve to be loved. That’s what we want people to know, we love people, we love families.” Looking forward to finding out what they have in mind for December…. Special thanks to our local police who do what they do for the community.
Reach Kimberly Jenkins 740-353-3101 ext. 1928