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Sheldon PD Arrest One, Also Give Report On Annual “Shop With A Cop” Program

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Police have arrested a Sheldon man on a charge of Serious Domestic Assault. The police arrested 22-year-old Tony Holtrop of Sheldon and charged him on Wednesday (11/7). He was taken into custody and transported to jail in Primghar.

In other Sheldon Police News,

The Sheldon Police Department sponsored its seventh annual Shop with a Cop program on Wednesday and Thursday (11/7-8). The purpose of the program is to provide school related items and clothing to children who come from homes in the Sheldon School District who are in financial need. The participants who are part of the program are selected by Love Inc. in Sheldon. Both evenings began with a meal which was provided by Pizza Ranch / Iowa State Bank, Prairie Queen Bakery and Hy-Vee. Each child is paired up with a parent or guardian and a volunteer to assist them with their shopping. The children, their parents, and volunteers are taken to Shopko to shop. The children are each allowed to spend $175. They are required to spend at least $155 on clothing or school related items and can spend the additional $20 on a toy or to buy something for themselves. Additionally, Love Inc. collected backpacks and school supplies which were donated by churches and private citizens and were given to the children the beginning of August before school started. Additional monies were received from WalMart and were used to purchase school supplies which were also donated to the schools to be used for those that are in need.

Sheldon Police Chief Lyle Bolkema says that this program has grown dramatically each year. In 2006, he says they had enough funding to take 12 children shopping. This year, he says they were able to take 50 children shopping.

Bolkema says there are many benefits to the program as well.

Chief Bolkema goes on to say:

The benefits to this program have been many. Helping others who are in need is truly rewarding. Many of the volunteers who assist with the shopping have assisted every year and request to help with the program again the following year. Additionally, relationships are built between the recipients of the program and the law enforcement officers and volunteers who assisted them. The children are able to see law enforcement officers in a positive light. It is also rather humbling to meet and help children who truly are in need and are very appreciative of the things that the rest of us take for granted. We have also found that many of the children don’t even spend the $20.00 on themselves because they feel it is more important to buy additional clothing items that they need.

The Shop with a Cop program is somewhat unique in that every penny that is raised goes directly to the children who need it. There are no administrative costs to this program.

Many hours of preparation and planning go into this program each year with the partnership between the Sheldon Police Department and Love Inc. Officer David Lich was in charge of this program and spent countless hours on this project. Love Inc. did much of the planning, located the volunteers, located the children involved in the program, etc. The program is successful every year because of the many, many generous hearts in our community. The volunteers who assisted with the shopping came from many different organizations and law enforcement agencies and helped to make this event truly successful. We would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their contributions:

Love Inc.

The Pamida Foundation
The Sheldon United Fund
JT Trucking
Sudbeck Trucking
Sanford Health
Cooks Café
Dairy Dandy
Farmers Cooperative Oil Company
Sheldon Noon Kiwanis Club
Lions Club of Sheldon
Prairie Queen Kiwanis
St. Paul Lutheran Church
K-T Industries
Edward Jones
Rosenboom Machine & Tool
Pizza Ranch
Iowa State Bank
Peoples Bank
Northwestern Bank
Stand Aid of Iowa
Sheldon Implement
O’Brien County Implement
Citizens State Bank
United Methodist Women
Morgan Collision & Tire Center
Rosenboom Frame & Body
Ag Partners
Poppema Sikma Construction
Ron Drenkow Motors
Sheldon Family Dental Clinic
Prairie Queen Bakery
Dean Sievert with the RIDES Bus
The Sioux Center WalMart
The many individuals from several of the churches who donated backpacks
Other private donors

Many thanks to all who participated in any way!

Chief Lyle Bolkema

Sheldon Police Department

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