Time to help Cops for Kids; fundraiser set for Aug. 27

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It's still summer and children have just gone back to school, but already it's time to be thinking about the holidays and "Cops for Kids," the Lewisburg Police Department's gift to children who otherwise wouldn't have a Christmas.

Last year, the department took 135 children shopping at Wal-Mart, with $100 each to spend on presents for themselves and their family.

"We'd love to serve more this year," said Capt. Rebekah Mitchell.

In order to be able to do that, money has to be found, and the main Cops for Kids fundraiser will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, in Rock Creek Park.

The admission ticket buys unlimited time for the kids on a variety of inflatables, plus - new this year - a bungee jump, and the ever-popular rock wall. A sack lunch is included.

Parents and grandparents will enjoy the silent and live auctions, with items from local businesses and autographed sports memorabilia.

New this year, local hairdressers have donated their time, and will be putting in feathers and colored hair extensions.

"It's all going to Cops for Kids," Mitchell said. Last year the event raised about $8,000.

"It's going to be a challenge," the captain admitted. "It's just hard. Businesses are having hard times."

What if they don't raise enough money to duplicate last year's shopping trip? Will they take fewer children, or give each child less money to spend?

"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it," Mitchell said, preferring to remain optimistic as she stated, "It never ceases to amaze me what people will do for the children of this community."