its annual Christmas "Cops and Kids" on Saturday, December 19, 2009.
This year's event will be held at the Target Store located at 8120
University City Blvd. beginning at 9:00 am.
The Fraternal Order of Police takes kids shopping during the Christmas
season for toys and clothes they might otherwise not see. All the kids
are referred to the FOP though various community resources. We hope
that by helping them with purchases of Christmas gifts they will have
a happy holiday and start the New Year on a positive note.
Randy Hagler, Lodge #9 president notes "Each year the program grows
and it's a great opportunity to see the kids warm up to the officers
by the end of the shopping experience."
"Christmas Cops and Kids" would not be possible without contributions
from the community to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of
Police throughout the year. Thank you for your support!
"Ultimately it benefits the children and their families," says Ben
Pepitone, Lodge #9 committee chair, "but I have to tell you the
officers get a lot out of it too."
The FOP is the largest law enforcement officer organization in the
country with more than 325,000 members nationwide. Locally the 1500
member FOP Lodge is made up of men and women serving in the law
enforcement community in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Members
proudly serve in all capacities of law enforcement including
municipal, county, state, and federal agencies.