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College Place teen organizes fundraiser for December's Cops & Kids program

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Officer Kelty passes baton to Officer Eastman of team WWPD Officer Kelty passes baton to Officer Eastman of team WWPD
Group picture of law and fire teams Group picture of law and fire teams
Washington State Penitentiary Superintendent Don Holbrook runs a leg for the DOC team Washington State Penitentiary Superintendent Don Holbrook runs a leg for the DOC team
Jessica Galland, teen organizer of the fundraising event Jessica Galland, teen organizer of the fundraising event

WALLA WALLA, WA - Christmas came early in May when $848 was raised for the Cops & Kids shopping event scheduled for December this year.

Walla Walla Police Chief Scott Bieber reported that WW County Fire District #4 Team one came in first place followed by the second place WW Police team and WW County Corrections/JJC came in third. The fundraiser benefits the Cops & Kids shopping event that matches law enforcement officers with a disadvantaged child who can shop for gifts for their family alongside the officer or deputy. It helps give kids a positive and fun encounter with law enforcement.

Jessica Galland, a junior at College Place High School, coordinated "Christmas in May" - a 4x100 relay involving local EMS including law enforcement, fire, and Department of Corrections personnel to raise money for Cops & Kids.

Galland was involved with the race last year as a part of a College Place High School class project that raised about $700 for the YWCA Domestic Violence program. She says it was a lot of fun and Chief Bieber encouraged her to do it again this year. Galland chose to benefit the Cops & Kids shopping event.

Galland's proud mother, Wanda Galland, is the Crime Victim Advocate of Walla Walla County.

Casey Sewell from WW County Fire District #4 was the raffle winner for the 50" Samsung Smart TV, and an addition to this year's fundraiser was a barbecue hamburger and hot dog lunch!

Sponsors for the event included Walla Walla Area Crime Watch, Oil Haus, Walla Walla Union Bulletin, and Craig Bolling.

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