MLT men ‘do time’ to raise money for Shop With a Cop

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Seaun Richards is housed in the left cell, while Richard Hollinshead is at right.

Doing “hard time” paid off for a local restaurant owner and a Mountlake Terrace teacher as they raised approximately $1,500 Sunday in a fundraiser for Shop With a Cop, a program to benefit children from abusive or under-privileged homes during the holidays.

Restaurateur and Mountlake Terrace Councilmember Seaun Richards and Mountlake Terrace Elementary School teacher Richard Hollingshead spent four hours “locked up” in front of Red Onion Burgers on Sunday, seeking bail money for their release. After a slow first hour, the two prisoners starting calling from their “cells” — restaurant racks — to seek donations from friends and colleagues.

“About the time the (Seahawks) game started, we started calling,” Richards said. Shop With a Cop, an effort by the Cheeseburger Babies Foundation, seeks to send about 100 kids on $50 holiday shopping sprees, assisted by members of local police departments, fire departments and other first responders.

— Story and photo by Doug Petrowski


  1. With the support of our friends, customers and community supporters we are able to give back in a lot of ways but SHOP with a COP is one of the most important events that we do. As a kid I was a victim of domestic violence and worried about police showing up. Now it is an honor to take 100 kids shopping with cops and first responders – and turn a negative situation into a positive. Thank You to all that are involved in this event.


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