FRANCONIA — This will be the ninth year the Franconia Township Benevolent Association holds a Shop with a Cop holiday shopping day, Franconia Township Police Off. Tim Boyle, FTBA's president, said at the Nov. 18 Franconia Township Board of Supervisors meeting.
The Shop with a Cop, which this year will be on Saturday, Dec. 21, gives Souderton Area School District families in need a shopping day at the Harleysville Walmart.
The presentation at the meeting included receipt of a $5,000 donation from the JBS Beef Division plant in Franconia for this year's Shop with a Cop.
"JBS has been with us since the start and every year, they just keep doing more and more, whether it be with financial and/or support in volunteers," Boyle said.
Last year, about 20 JBS employees were volunteers at the Shop with a Cop, Beth Seara, JBS human resources director, said.
With this year's donation, JBS has given a total of more than $25,000 to the Shop with a Cop, Boyle said.
"Franconia Township is kinda known as a bedroom community. We do not have a lot of businesses compared to the residences," board Chairman Grey Godshall said, "but the businesses we do have, between things like this, the fall festival, the fireworks, the businesses that we do have really do step up and we would just like to say thank you."
A Breakfast with Santa will be held 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at Little Zion Church, 267 Morwood Road. That will be the last fundraiser for this year's Shop with a Cop, Boyle said. The number of families that will be in the Shop with a Cop won't be known until after the Breakfast with a Santa, which will be when the total amount received is known, he said.
The cost for the Breakfast with Santa is $10 for adults; children 12 and younger eat free.