Donations sought to fund Christmas with a Cop event

Donations sought to fund Christmas with a Cop event
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The Fraternal Order of Police, Tuscora Lodge 4, will sponsor its annual Christmas with a Cop event. This is the 10th year the local FOP chapter has organized and provided this program for area children.

                        

The Fraternal Order of Police, Tuscora Lodge 4, will sponsor its annual Christmas with a Cop event. This is the 10th year the local FOP chapter has organized and provided this program for area children.

The goal of the initiative is to make Christmas a little brighter for area children and their families with donations from the local community. Normally the costs associated with this program exceed $5,000, which includes nearly 50 children treated to a Christmas celebration with the FOP.

The selection process for recipients of the program is done according to need and involves teachers from area schools throughout Tuscarawas County assisting the FOP by making the selection of recipients, based on personal knowledge.

"We find this to be an invaluable resource," said Robert W. Everett, president of the Tuscora Lodge 4. "Teachers know students better."

Once the children are selected, phone calls are made to the parents to obtain a list of what they believe their children need. "We then ask for a wish list of items for each child in the family," Everett said. "The unique component of our program is we have Christmas for all of the siblings in a family who are not adults."

The children and their families are invited to the New Philadelphia Elk’s banquet room on Saturday, Dec. 14. The banquet room is donated by the Elks. Families are treated to food, beverages and a visit from Santa Claus as they receive their gifts. All of the gifts are purchased for and wrapped by FOP members and their families.

"In order to fund this program, we need supporters like you to assist us," Everett said. "We are seeking donations for this program."

Donations can be mailed to the Fraternal Order of Police, Tuscora Lodge 4, P.O. Box 2, Dover, OH 44622.

The FOP Tuscora Lodge 4 is a nonprofit charitable organization.


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