O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #198 held its annual Cops and Kids event allowing local children to shop with a cop. Eighteen officers, from patrolman to the Chief, participated in the 16th Annual event. The police were able to take approximately 35 children shopping at the O’Fallon Wal-Mart on Sunday, spending $8,500. The children were all from local, less fortunate families. This program is designed to assist parents in providing them a nice Christmas.
The funds used were raised at the FOP’s annual golf tournament in September. Additionally, the department would like to thank the local businesses and citizens of O’Fallon that generously donated to the program.
“Many children left today with smiles on their faces, but they have no idea the joy they brought to the officers who were escorting them. A great example was the child I had the privilege of escorting. All she wanted was one item for herself, the barbie camper, which she got. But from that point, it was all about buying for others, including stocking caps and gloves so she could take them to school for children who did not have any. Not to mention this child repeatedly thanked us, came up and just gave me a huge hug. This gives us hope for the future. So of course I may have disregarded our budget to make sure this girl had the things she wanted, as well as things for other children,” said Detective Brian Gimpel.