Mesquite Gaming, owner of the CasaBlanca Resort and Virgin River Hotel & Casino, gave a boost to the Mesquite Police Department’s Shop with a Cop fundraising efforts with a $4,000 donation on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Shop with a Cop is nationally recognized program aimed at providing a bright Christmas for children while building relationships between the youngsters and the police officers.  Each year the Mesquite Police Department takes between 60-80 elementary school children out for a morning of shopping and then over to the Elks Lodge #2811 for a quick lunch. Officers from the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies join with Mesquite officers during the event in order to ensure there is an officer shopping with each child.

The Department started their fundraising efforts for Shop with a Cop on Dec. 1.  Donations had already started to trickle in from residents and area business when the Department received the news that Mesquite Gaming had made a very generous donation to the program.

Chief Tanner acknowledged that Shop with a Cop is a very important program to the members of the Mesquite Police Department and for the youth and families who benefit from the program. “This donation was totally unexpected considering Mesquite Gaming had just made a $1,000 donation last week to the Mesquite Police Department to purchase canned food for Parade of Lights food drive. I have a deep appreciation for Mr. Toti (CEO of Mesquite Gaming) and his quiet support of community interests and activities,” said Chief Tanner.

During the month of Dec. the Mesquite Police Department invites residents to participate with them in the spirit of the holiday season through a donation to Shop with a Cop (Donations accepted at Police Headquarters at 695 Mayan Circle through Dec. 21). Residents are also invited to participate in Project Blue Light which asks residents to place a blue light in a window,  in an outdoor light fixture or simply display of a string of blue lights to signal support of law enforcement and in memory of law enforcement officers who have given all.