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Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 16 November 2013 08:55
File photo. A local police officer helps a young girl with her christmas list during "Shop with a Cop" at Meijer in Rossford. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Wood County Fraternal Order of Police will again host its annual Cops and Kids Shopping event.
The event this year will take place Dec. 7 at the Meijer store in Rossford.
During this event, police officers are paired up with a child from the area and given $100 to spend on clothing and toys. The focus of Cops and Kids is building relationships between children and police officers. Police officers from every jurisdiction participate.
The FOP is planning on 100 children participating this year. However, the number that can participate depends on the amount of money raised by the organization.
To help raise funds, police officers from the area are currently selling $5 raffle tickets; raffled items will include a $500 gift card from Meijer, an iPad Mini, and a Kindle Fire. The majority of the financial support for Cops and Kids comes from the community, local businesses and local organizations.
The children that are invited to participate are referred by local schools as well as by officers. On a daily basis, police officers respond to calls in Wood County and, as a result, are in homes where they can see firsthand that a particular family could benefit from a helping hand.
On the day of the event, the officers are paired up with a child from their jurisdiction and given a cart, a gift card and sent on their way in Meijer. They must first buy a coat and boots. The remaining money can be spent on toys.
Every dollar raised for the event is spent on the children participating on Dec. 7.  
Those interested in sponsoring a child for $100, buying raffle tickets, or making any type of donation, may forward the donation to the Wood County FOP, P.O. Box 122, Bowling Green, OH 43402, or call 419-353-9728 to make arrangements for the donation to be picked up.

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