Cops & Kids: Program aids area children

EAST LIVERPOOL — Again this year, donations are being sought by the East Liverpool Fraternal Order of Police 29 to fund the annual Cops and Kids Program.

The main focus of the program is to “build hope, support and trust within the community and encourage open and honest communication between kids and law enforcement officers, removing any fear young people have when interacting with officers,” according to police Chief John Lane.

“We also educate them on the roles that officers play in the community,” he explained.

Most of the children who benefit from the annual program are underprivileged, at risk and some have recently lost a parent or may have lost everything in a house fire, the chief continued.

Due to the community’s generosity last year, the FOP was able to provide more than 80 children with winter ware, basic clothing needs plus a few toys for Christmas.

“Your benevolence enabled us to spend approximately $225 on each child for a total of $19,612.40. We are extremely appreciative of all the support we receive from our community,” Lane said.

Proceeds from the campaign are used only for area children, who are taken shopping at a local store for items they otherwise would not receive for Christmas.

This year’s shopping trip is scheduled Dec. 10, when officers, their spouses, family members and other police department employees, as well as supporters will assist the children in choosing appropriate items with the money allotted them.

Donations may be made by check or money order, made out to The East Liverpool Cops and Kids Program, and sent to the East Liverpool Police Department, 126 West Sixth St., East Liverpool, Ohio 43920. They may also be dropped off in the police department located in the basement of City Hall at the same address.