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November 18, 2011

Monmouth Fraternal Order of Police offer aid to children and the elderly during holiday season

The Monmouth Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 265 is giving Monmouth College students a chance to help out local children and seniors with two holiday charity organizations. In December, the Monmouth Police Department will be hosting their annual Cops for Kids and Power for Seniors events where Monmouth College students can donate money towards the programs.

According to Dean Blust, president of the lodge, approximately 40 children will be able to participate in the Cops for Kids program where children are given $100 to spend on Christmas toys for themselves and their siblings. After shopping, the children return for a pizza dinner with the police officers.

“Seeing the children’s faces light up as they are able to purchase gifts for their family members and have that sense of giving is priceless,” said Blust.

Cops for Kids is currently in its 10th year. The program was previously called Shop with a Cop but changed the name due to copyright issues.

The police department is also hosting the fifth annual Power for Seniors event where Monmouth seniors are presented a check to help cover the cost of their power bill while eating a dinner with the officers.

“Power for Seniors is a fun lunch time experience,” said Blust. “The seniors really enjoy socializing with the members of the department. The check they get towards their power bills helps during the holiday times when they can use their money to purchase gifts for their loved ones.”

Twenty five seniors received help from last year’s program, and Blust hopes this December will be equally successful.

“I’ve had talks with family and friends of the [seniors and children] that the Monmouth Police Department has helped,” said Blust. “These programs are really a success.”

The Fraternal Order of Police is looking for donations from students to help these events. Monmouth College students are only able to help by donating money as volunteers are not needed. The events are ongoing charitable events, but donations given by Dec. 11 will be used for this year’s events.

“As far as hands on help, we appreciate the offer,” said Blust. “The main objective is to let the police officers help out.”

However, students who are interested in helping the Monmouth Police Department should look to contact the department in the spring for their Cops for Bobbers recreational fishing program in May.

Stevie Croisant
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