“Shop with a Cop” legacy lives on in Allegany County


A unique partnership between the Allegany County Area Foundation and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office

L-R: Jail Administrator Chris Ivers, Undersheriff Scott Cicirello, Executive Director of the Allegany Co. Area Foundation Bruce Campbell, Sheriff Rick Whitney, Corrections Officer Robert Brooks, and Sgt. Craig Plaisted

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office has once again supported the Shop with a Cop Christmas Program in Allegany County, through their “Beards for Bucks” and “Dough for Does” Programs. For the past ten years the officers have contributed over $12,500.00 to the program. Male employees are allowed to grow beards during the fall hunting season for a $25.00 donation and the female employees who wish to participate are included in a 50-50 drawing. This year the Sheriff’s Office raised $1,750.00 through the programs.

After the closing of the local K-Mart store in Wellsville it was decided to establish a special “Shop with a Cop Fund” through the Allegany County Area Foundation, with the money earmarked to provide Christmas gifts to underprivileged children in Allegany County.   Sheriff Whitney stated “shop with a cop was a great program for our area; and even though we are no longer able to actually shop with the children, we still wanted to make sure as many of them received a Christmas gift as possible.” 

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