Donors stepped up in a big way for Shop with a Cop. As a result, kids who need the boost will have a Christmas they will long remember. Police Chief Jay Niles, accompanied by Eagle’s Nest owner Blair Huff and manager Jorge Orozco, along with John Lefere and others accepted contributions on behalf of the program. Here are some of those who stopped by to help out between noon and 3 pm Saturday at the Eagle’s Nest.
Several companies also made contributions.
Contributions also came via phone pledges. Others dropped off checks at the Columbia Township Office. The funds are being handled through the Township and organizer John Karkheck requests checks be payable to Columbia Township with Shop with a Cop on the memo line. Contributions received and pledged amounts total over $13,000.
Shop with a Cop is about police officers improving the holiday for kids who need it. Columbia Township Police go to work as Santa’s helpers, and others pitch in.
Last year, 16 kids and their families benefited. How did the day go? John Lefere and wife, Susan, arrived at Columbia Elementary School in their 40 foot, 48,000 pound Prevost motor home. The kids, ages 11, 8, and younger, boarded the motorhome. But not before the former MIS chief presented a trophy to each one of the excited kids.
Once seated, the procession moved forward, with police and fire vehicles escorting the entourage from school grounds.
At the store, they picked out the gifts. According to organizer John Karkheck, the kids chose gifts to give to other family members, rather than themselves.
Later, the group moved to the Brooklyn Sportsman Club where the wives of members wrapped the gifts and served lunch. Each kid received a sock filled with goodies. Dotty Karkheck personalized each one by name.