2014 Shop with a Cop
This 2014 Shop with a Cop event is being dedicated to the memory of Wayne Wright.
Wayne was a second generation recycler. After buying a few cars he decided to start selling parts instead of selling the whole car for scrap. He opened Wright's Auto to the public in 1983. Wayne worked two jobs because he was afraid
he could not pay his bills on selling car parts alone. In 1986 Wayne decided to take a leap of faith to quit his other job and run his business full time.
With his wife by his side, Mr. Wright worked seven days a week, daylight to dark, to build his business to what it is today. Mr. Wright helped the men and women of the community keep their cars on the road for many years. During his battle with cancer through chemo and radiation therapy he only missed five days of work. His business was his life.
Dad told me last year, after Jimmy Russell brought him a picture and a Thank You card for his donation last year, that if he knew what Shop with a Cop was all about he would have done, and given, more. He told me "Next year (which is this year) we will give more and do more to help." He would show his friends that came in the office, the picture of the officers and the children. Dad loved kids. Medically my mother could not have anymore children, so I am the only one. We were very poor when I was growing up and I never knew it until I was older. I looked back and realized what they sacrificed for me. Passing on October 27, 2014, Dad never got his chance to help the Shop with a Cop. We, his family, are honored to carry out his wishes this year in our support of this event. - Cristal Wright, Wayne's daughter.
This year we would like to make the event bigger and better than last year. Some of these children have never had the opportunity to see law enforcement in a positive light and without the participation of the agencies in the county, and the partnership with the North East Walmart, they would never understand the joy of Christmas.
To see what you can do to help bring a little magic to the Christmases of needy children in Cecil County, MD, please click here to visit our How You Can Help page.
December 13, 2014 Wrap Up
The event was a complete SUCCESS!!! Underpriveledged kids from Cecil County are paired up with local Law Enforcement officers, escorted in police vehicles to the North East Walmart for a mini shopping spree.
Upon their return, their purchases were wrapped and labeled, ready for Christmas morning, while the kids enjoyed a festive Christmas party.
Thank you to our generous donors who made this event possible. We had an incredible turn out of volunteers ready to make this a memorable day for all those involved.