The Plano Police Association Christmas Cops program is a non-profit organization created to assist some of our less fortunate Plano families during the Christmas Season. The program was implemented and continues to be operated by Plano Police employees, volunteers, and their families.
Throughout the year during the course of their duties, Police Officers come in contact with many families in need. However, during the Christmas Season, the need is often much more profound. The purpose of the program is two-fold: to assist some of our less fortunate families during the Christmas Season; and ensure a positive interaction between the citizens in our community and the Plano Police Department.
The families assisted by the Christmas Cops program are known to and / or are referred by employees of the Plano Police Department and other City of Plano employees. Referred families are then contacted by a Police Officer in their home so their need can be verified and ensure they are not receiving additional assistance from another agency. This home visit vetting process helps to foster a positive relationship between the family, law enforcement, and the Christmas Cops program.
In early November, large boxes are placed at local businesses across Plano to collect children’s toys, coats, non-perishable food items, and miscellaneous household items. All donated items are picked up by program volunteers and taken to the Christmas Cops warehouse to be sorted, inventoried, and placed in each family’s box. Then shortly before Christmas, our Officers and Santa's Helpers make deliveries to these families.
Since its inception in 1984, this program has been a tremendous source of emergency assistance to hundreds of families and with your help we will continue to help local families in need.