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December 24, 2013

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Local cops volunteerto shop with kids

Fifteen police sirens sounded while traveling down High Street toward Walmart Sunday morning, with each squad car carrying one child.

With the efforts of local law enforcement, 15 Cass County children will have new clothes, toys and other items this holiday season.

Several members of the Logansport Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #71, Cass County Sheriff’s Department and Galveston Police Department volunteered their time Sunday morning to shop with 15 families as part of the first local “Cops with Kids” program.

Cathi Collins, president of the FOP lodge #71, said they usually do back-to-school shopping. This year, it was decided the shopping would be done around the holiday season.

“It’s all about doing the right thing for the right reason,” Collins said. “If we can help make ends meet for some families, it might brighten someone’s holiday spirits.”

“Cops with Kids” was made possible through a memorial contribution from George Martin, a retired lieutenant.

Logansport Police Chief Mike Clark said he and others were happy to volunteer because it’s a great thing for the kids.

“This is why you want to be a policeman – you want to help people,” Clark said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

Not only is “Cops with Kids” fun for the kids, it’s fun for the officers, Clark said.

Tony Berkshire, a reserve officer, said the event was a good way interact with the community.

“It’s nice being able to interact and show others the police aren’t bad,” Berkshire said.

LPD patrolman Andrew Strong agreed.

“It sends a positive message and links us to the public,” Strong said.

When everyone arrived at Walmart, Santa Claus was waiting to greet the kids with breakfast.

For “Cops with Kids,” children were recommended to the Logansport Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #71. From there, parents were asked to fill out what the children need and then the child was asked to fill out a wish list.

Walmart was a huge help with making the trips possible, Collins said.

Collins said she hopes the trip at Christmastime continues, saying there is a “big sense of satisfaction” helping others.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or Follow her: @PharosAES.

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