The annual Cops for Kids event to help needy children in Adams County buy gifts at Christmastime is under way, with monetary donations being collected and names of children up to age 12 being assembled, according to an announcement from Adams County Chapter 127 of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Applications for children to shop during Cops for Kids are available at the Decatur Police Department, 521 N. Third St., The deadline to apply is Monday, December 5.
Shopping at the Decatur Walmart store will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 18, with uniformed police officers from throughout the county assisting the youth in buying clothes, toys, games, shoes, etc. Each child involved will get $100 to buy gifts, with a certain amount required to be spent on winter clothes, footwear, etc.
After the shopping, the kids and cops will have a pizza party at Riverside Center, with Pizza Hut providing the meals.
Anyone wishing to donate money to Cops for Kids may do at the city police station, according to DPD patrolman Jonathan Wenzel, the Cops for Kids coordinator in Adams County.
FOP Chapter 127 is the local sponsor of Cops for Kids.