The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 128 has started preparations for the annual Shop with a Cop, a program that offers local needy youth the opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts.
The F.O.P., which hosts the event before Christmas, began fundraising this week. It is seeking donations from community members and business owners.
Project Manager Bob Kulick said the F.O.P has been hosting the event for several years and each year local law enforcement dress in uniform to shop with children who otherwise may not receive Christmas gifts.
"It's a great program," Kulick said. "It helps the less fortunate kids in the area."
"It's been very successful," he added. "We get new kids every year."
To make a charitable donation, which are tax deductible, or for more information about the program, contact Kulick at (419) 455-5970. Donations also can be picked up by a designated driver affiliated with the lodge or can be mailed to:
P.O. Box 285, Tiffin OH 44883