The Fenton Police Department is asking for the community’s help with their annual Shop with a Cop, to be held in mid-December at Target in Fenton.
Officer Julie Bemus said police are accepting donations until December 12, either in cash or by check, which will allow children at Fenton Schools to purchase Christmas presents. Police officers will accompany the children during their purchases.
Bemus said that in addition to the shopping spree, the kids will be treated to a pizza night where they will wrap gifts with officers and the officers’ families. She said they haven’t finalized the pizza party location yet.
Bemus said they have already received generous offers of help and donations from various organizations in this community, but they can use a lot more help this year. “Children will be selected by each of the Fenton area schools again this year with the assistance of School Resource Officer (SRO) Tom Cole.
The amount each child receives for shopping depends on the amount of donations raised and the number of children participating in this year’s Shop With a Cop event.
To make a charitable donation, make checks payable to Fenton Police Officers Association and write Shop With a Cop in the memo line. The police department will also accept cash. The police department is at 311 S. LeRoy St., Fenton. It is open 24/7.
Donations for Marines’ Toys For Tots, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, can also be dropped off in the police station lobby through Dec. 20.
“I am so thrilled to be providing local children with a wonderful Christmas event this year,” Bemus said. “So many local children and their families benefit from this experience and it is a positive activity that the police officers also appreciate.”