Kids’ efforts raise $258 for Shop With a Cop
Published: August 8, 2006 | 4567th good news item since 2003
The Fremont Police Department is thanking two children who challenged city youth to raise money for Shop With a Cop last weekend.
Two summers ago, Korri and Kole Hendrickson sold $42 worth of lemonade to help Fremont children have a better Christmas.
The 12- and 9-year-old Fremont children challenged all children in Dodge County to sell lemonade last Saturday to benefit the Shop With a Cop program. A mayoral proclamation declared the day “Whet Your Whistle Day” and requested other area children to help.
The Hendricksons alone raised more than $258 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at their lemonade stand.
“People were very generous. They sold 62 glasses of lemonade, but most people gave more than the quarter price,” said Detective Joyce Henke. “I was just absolutely stunned – it was over eight times as much as last time.”
Shop With a Cop allows officers to take children who might not otherwise get Christmas presents to Wal-Mart Supercenter to buy winter clothing and an appropriate toy of their choice with donations collected at various events throughout the year. The program is run by the Fremont Fraternal Order of Police and about $100 is spent on each child.
“We spend about $100 per child so that’s 2 1/2 kids they raised money for,” Henke said. “For two adolescents to take that on and raise that much money is incredible.”
She said officers had heard there were other lemonade stands around town benefiting Shop With a Cop, but no further money has been turned in yet. All donations should be brought to the Fremont Police Department dispatch area.
“These kids are going to grow up to be incredible citizens,” Henke said. “If they keep growing with that sense of giving back to the community, they will go far.”