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Walla Walla Police Department: LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO HELP NEEDY FAMILIES

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LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO HELP NEEDY FAMILIES

December 4, 2013


For the 14th year in a row, area law enforcement officers will be helping underprivileged families at the "Cops & Kids" shopping event on December 14th, at the College Place Walmart. The local event is funded from business and private donations. The raised funds are then used to take kids shopping, allowing the youth to purchase gifts for their families.
Families receiving assistance are selected by law enforcement and screened before the selection is made. Each child is partnered with a law enforcement officer the morning of the event and selects gifts throughout the store for his or her family.


Over the years, the money raised has increased to allow for the purchase of Christmas trees, holiday dinners, and even assistance to pay heating bills. Last year, approximately $8,500 was donated to brighten the holidays of 19 local families.


The Walla Walla Applebees restaurant will be holding a fundraiser for this event on Friday, December 6th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Local law enforcement will be waiting tables during this time and collecting "tips" to be used for the program.


The Blue Mountain Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) coordinates the annual shopping spree with the participation of many local law enforcement officers. Walla Walla Police Officer Ascencion Castillo, who has been involved in the program since the beginning, stated "With all the victims we come into contact with in our jobs, and need that exists in the Valley, the feeling is priceless to be able to play Santa and help those who otherwise wouldn't have a Christmas".


Businesses or private parties wishing to donate to this year's event can contact Officer Castillo at 524-4394 or Sergeant Tom Cooper at 386-1963.
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