Ohio County FOP Preparing for ‘Cops and Kids’ Shopping Event
Ohio County law enforcement is making plans to once again bring Christmas to children in need.
The annual “Cops and Kids” shopping event, sponsored by the Ohio County Fraternal Order of Police, is set to begin at 9 a.m. Dec. 15 at the Target store at The Highlands.
FOP members usually strive to raise at least $15,000 each year, and to help about 150 students in Ohio County Schools, according to Wheeling Police Lt. William Noice. Noice serves as secretary for FOP Lodge 38.
“It’s always good to try and give back to the community,” Noice said. “It’s for children to see us doing good things for them rather than being the guy they see writing tickets or taking away mommy or daddy.”
The children usually each have about $100 to spend purchasing what they want in the store. But Noice said over the years he has noticed they don’t always want to spend their allocation all on themselves.
“A lot of children take their alloted funds and buy for siblings,” he said. “It’s nice when you see that.”
Students participating in “Cops and Kids” are selected by their school guidance counselors based on need, according to Noice.
“They switch it up each year so we don’t always have the same kids,” he said.
The number of children shopping depends on how much money the FOP raises through donations, Noice said.
The FOP no longer uses a solicitation company, and funds used come from private donations and contributions from local businesses.
The children will shop with law enforcement officers representing agencies throughout Ohio County.