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Donations sought for annual Shop with a Cop program

We are once again having our annual fundraiser for needy children in our area for our Christmas shopping program, which has helped approximately 800 kids in the last five years.

This year, as with years’ past, we are focusing on children from Crawford, Harrison and Floyd counties who are wards of the state (orphans or abandoned), in foster care or are currently being housed in shelters due to no fault of their own. We will do this shopping on Saturday, Dec. 12, at Walmart in Corydon.

I have actively participated in this program for 20 years, and I have been told repeatedly that often these are the only Christmas gifts these children will receive.

Of the $200 to $250 (amount depends on money raised) given to each child, at least 75% must be spent on clothing. The remaining money can be spent on toys or more clothes. We are sales tax exempt, meaning that each child gets the full $200 to $250 to spend.

Since we focus on school-age kids, a good number of kids devote their entire amount to clothing for school.

The Frank C. Denzinger FOP Lodge does not solicit for this great program (or anything else) by telephone. All contact with our supporters is done through a letter. Our overhead is extremely low, and I can tell you that for every $1 you give, almost the entire $1 goes right back to the kids. No one is paid or receives compensation to run this program.

To allow us to better plan for the number of kids we can take, please try to have donations mailed back by Dec. 9. Checks can be made payable to: FOP 171 Shop with a Cop. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 143, Georgetown, IN 47122.

Again, thank you for your continued support. Without you, this annual tradition of helping those in need would be next to impossible.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at 812-969-3534 or via email at [email protected]

Bill Wibbels, Shop with a Cop  coordinator