‘Christmas with a Cop’ program returns
MANISTIQUE – The third annual “Christmas with a Cop” is returning, and local law enforcement is gearing up for the unique event. The program will take place on Dec. 14 with the help from members of the local Fraternal Order of Police unit.
According to Officer Tom Money, President FOP Lodge 146, the program involves law enforcement officers from all agencies in Schoolcraft County. The officers donate their time to take a group of area children on a Christmas shopping spree.
“Due to budget restrictions, we’re limited as to the number of kids we can help out,” Money explained.
Between 10 and 15 children are selected by referrals from the local school system and are picked up from home by the officers on the day of the event. The officers then take the children to Shopko Hometown, where they are given $100 to spend on their family.
The kids are also treated to a meal at Three Seasons Restaurant, as well as a movie at the Cinema One.
While the children are watching the show, volunteers wrap the presents purchased by the children.
“This provides children an opportunity to experience the personal rewards of giving to others,” said Money. “The program truly helps local deserving families during the holiday season.”
Christmas with a Cop is always in need of “sponsorships” to finance the program, he added.
The goal for 2013 is to take at least 15 children shopping, and the public is encouraged to make donations to assist “help Schoolcraft County Law Enforcement officers make Christmas a little more enjoyable for these children and their families,” Money said.
To help sponsor the program, checks may be made payable to “FOP Christmas with a Cop” and be dropped off at Manistique City Hall or Manistique Federal Credit Union.
“It’s an excellent program, and it’s one of the few programs out there that encourage positive relationships between kids and officers,” said Money. “The families really appreciate it and the kids really enjoy being able to buy gifts for others.”
For more information, contact Tom Money at 341-8317.