Local police officers take 55 kids Christmas shopping in Martinsville

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FOP Patrick Henry Lodge takes 55 local kids on a Walmart shopping spree. (Photo: Courtesy Martinsville Police Department)

FOP Patrick Henry Lodge takes 55 local kids on a Walmart shopping spree. (Photo: Courtesy Martinsville Police Department)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The holidays are looking a little brighter for 55 local children thanks to the Harvest Foundation Youth Board and an organization of city, county, and state police officers.

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Patrick Henry Lodge #73 hosted its 16th annual “Santa, Cops, and Kids” event at a Martinsville Walmart on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Santa, Cops, and Kids allows children from low-income households to shop for Christmas gifts with a member of FOP Patrick Henry Lodge. These members include both active and retired officers from the Martinsville Police Department, Martinsville Sheriff’s Office, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Patrick County Sheriff’s Office, and Virginia State Police.

As mentioned in previous coverage by WFXR, the Santa, Cops, and Kids event is funded by an annual grant from the Harvest Foundation Youth Board. In 2018, that grant totaled $7,500, which was enough to take 75 kids Christmas shopping.

The 55 children who participated in this year’s event were referred by school officials, community partners, and even law enforcement.

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