Published: December 1, 2006 | 5117th good news item since 2003
With the Thanksgiving holiday now behind us, local organizations are reminding residents and businesses they need help in their quest to make Christmas brighter for area children and families. [Cleveland Police (OH) (Images of America)]
One of those groups is the annual Shop-With-A-Cop program, which stages various fundraisers that enable law enforcement personnel to take about 100 local children on a Christmas shopping trip at Wal-Mart. In its first 10 years, the drive has taken more than 1,080 local children shopping at Christmas time “to ensure that they don’t go without,” said Oak Hill Police Chief Mike Whisman, president of the sponsoring Fraternal Order of Police’s Fayette County Memorial Lodge No. 118. “While doing this we also impress upon our youth that we, the law enforcement community, are there to help, not only in bad times but in good times, as well,” Whisman said in a letter to Fayette County residents.
On Monday, Whisman visited with representatives from Luv Homes, an official sponsor of Shop-With-A-Cop 2006. The business has staged a couple of fundraising events this year, and it has erected an angel tree in its Oak Hill location to benefit Shop-With-A-Cop.
Luv Homes will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 so individuals can choose a name off the angel tree and help give that child a merrier Christmas through Shop-With-A-Cop.
“We appreciate what the community has done for us, so we wanted to do something to give back to the community,” said Karen Shepherd, Luv Homes’ general manager. “Children touch all of us.”
Whisman said he’s grateful for the help provided by Luv Homes and other local businesses and individuals in striving to meet the FOP’s goals.