Brittney Burns – Staff Writer

This Christmas, law enforcement officers in Macon County will participate in the Macon County Sheriff’s Office 20th annual Shop with a Cop event. For the last 20 years, members of the community have been coming together to ensure that children in need in Macon County are afforded the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with their families.

Last year, MCSO’s Shop with a Cop program reached more than 400 children in Macon County, which was made possible through community donations and support from Macon County residents. Each year, every child participating in the Shop with a Cop program receive a $100 gift card to Wal-mart and are treated to a meal. Funding for the program is raised throughout the year by the sheriff’s office and the amount of money raised each year determines how many children are invited to participate.

For the second year, the MCSO and other law enforcement agencies are teaming up to host  the “Tip a Cop” fundraising event at Motor Company Grill to raise money for the program.

“We appreciate the staff at Motor Company Grill for hosting this event again,” said Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland. “Last year’s event was a huge success and a lot of fun.  We look forward to showing folks we are better at ‘protecting and serving” our community as officers than we ever will be as waiters and waitresses.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone.”

Members of the MCSO, as well as Highlands and Franklin Police Departments, will be serving dinner at Motor Company Grill on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. with 100 percent of the tips earned that night going to benefit the Shop with a Cop program.

“We are excited to be participating in this fundraiser again this year,” said Franklin Police Chief David Adams. “This event helps raise significant funds for the Shop with a Cop program. Shop with a Cop lets us interact with kids in a positive light and helps to reach so many children in our community who are greatly in need.”

While the service may not be the best Thursday night, it’s guaranteed that the cause couldn’t be more worthy.

“Shop with a Cop is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Timothy Crabtree, owner of Motor Company Grill. “To be able to help put smiles on children’s faces at Christmas is amazing.  And to be able to support our local law enforcement in any way brings us joy!”

For more information on Thursday’s event, visit the Tip-A-Cop event on Facebook.