Floyd County Police Officers joined with the Coosa Valley Fraternal Order of Police to provide Christmas to more than 60 kids last weekend.

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Local police are privileged to again be able to sponsor children for Christmas as part of the annual Shop with a Cop campaign. This year the Fraternal Order of Police will host 49 kids at the event which is celebrating more than 15 years.

School counselors and police officers nominate children for the event that will be held Saturday at the East Rome Walmart. Families visit with police and enjoy breakfast before beginning a $200 shopping spree with police escort.

Walmart has been very gracious and is a very hospitable host, said Chris Fincher, president of Lodge 14 of Coosa Valley FOP.

The local lodge has been resistant to using telemarketers for fundraising and is trying to continue its charity through the use of t-shirt sale and giving campaigns.

“Rain has hampered much of the t-shirt fundraising that was planned at Walmart, but we appreciate the store allowing us to set up outside their front door and solicit their customers,” Fincher said. “We need the communities help raising money. Telemarketers raise a considerable amount of money, but with it comes an annoyance to our community, with the rise of so many scams, it’s hard to know what’s legit.”

We are very fortunate to live in a community that is gracious and willing to help in the needs of children, especially during this season, Fincher said.

The lodge has been selling t-shirts since Thanksgiving to raise money for Shop with a Cop, and still has stacks remaining for anyone who is interested. Donations are still being accepted, because even after Shop with a Cop is over the local lodge continues to assist children and schools with community assistance.

In 2018 the Coosa Valley Fraternal Order of Police provided money to the Shriner’s Circus, sponsored a door prize at TeenMaze (sponsored by Floyd Against Drugs), and donated money to school counselors to help their stock their clothes closets.

Cash donations will be accepted at the Floyd County Police Department, or by mailing a check to 3 Central Plaza, Box 143 / Rome, Ga.