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Second Annual 'Coppers Shoppers' set to run December 6th

By: Brayden Hnatiuk
Posted: December 2, 2019 13:55

Youth will receive a gift card to do some Christmas shopping

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Coppers Shoppers is a program that pairs local police officers with community Youth for a fun day of holiday shopping. The program is being held in Brandon for a second year through the partnership of Brandon Crime Stoppers, Brandon Police Association, Brandon Police Service, Shoppers Mall and many other Community Sponsors.

During Coppers Shoppers, 20 Youth from the Brandon Community between the ages of 12 to 15 will receive a $200 Shoppers Mall Gift Card to purchase Christmas gifts for their family and friends. A member of the Brandon Police Service will accompany the Youth on their shopping trip to assist with selecting the perfect items, carrying the parcels and providing enjoyable company. When the shopping is complete, a Gift Wrap and Christmas Card station will be available to wrap up and address all the purchases made. This year's Coppers Shoppers event will take place on December 7, 2019 at Shoppers Mall from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.

"The Copper Shopper event last year had such positive impact on not only the youth, but also the officers," Says Brandon Police Sergeant Kirby Sararas. "Our members requested to participate again, are thrilled to have another opportunity at this event."

"Brandon Crime Stoppers is excited to continue their involvement with Coppers Shoppers, as it is an initiative that will have a positive influence on the Youth in our Community, plus bring much excitement on Christmas morning to the loved ones who the participating Youth purchase and wrap gifts for during the event," adds Rick Thomson, Brandon Crime Stoppers Board Chair.

The program is intended to capture the essence of the Christmas season and provide Youth in our community with a time of mentorship. Youth participants were selected based on their academic achievements, along with school involvement and recommendation.

In addition to the $200 Shoppers Mall Gift Card sponsored by Brandon Crime Stoppers and the Brandon Police Association, each Youth will receive a Winter coat sponsored by Sport Chek, a pair of jeans sponsored by Bootlegger and a swag bag filled items from the following local businesses and organizations:

Brandon Wheat Kings
Brandon University Bobcats
Cherry Hill Photo
Domino's Pizza
East Side Mario's
Fun n' Games HQ
Giant Tiger
Guild Insurance
Hair Today Mall Barbers
Landmark Cinemas
Manitoba Public Insurance
Mother's Against Drunk Driving
Swiss Chalet
Patersons LLP
Smitty's Restaurant
The Body Shop
Tim Hortons
Xplore Mobile

After the shopping and gift wrapping is complete, the hungry Youth will sit down with the Brandon Police Service members to enjoy a delicious soup and sandwich lunch provide by Tim Hortons. The meal is a perfect way to wrap up a memorable and festive morning. 

"It is astounding to see the increasing number of local businesses that have decided to support Coppers Shoppers" says Darren Creighton, Brandon Police Association President. "Brandon is a great community and the growing number of supporters demonstrates how the business community is willing to come together for the greater good of others."

"We are delighted to once again support this great community event with our partners at Brandon Crime Stoppers and the Brandon Police," said Candace McKenzie, Shoppers Mall Marketing Director "Our Stores and Services is very much looking forward to the fun and excitement of the Coppers Shoppers event this weekend." 

For more information, contact:
Kirby Sararas, Brandon Police Sergeant, 204-729-2373
Rick Thomson, Brandon Crime Stoppers - Board Chair, 204-721-1704
Candace McKenzie, Shoppers Mall - Marketing Director, 204-571-4532 

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