LPD hosting Cops for Kids event Saturday

Friday, December 8, 2017
Cpl. Ben Fender, UAW retiree Mike Martinez, Kim Gentry, Chief David Henley, and Patrolman Gaylon Thomason with some of the winter coats donated annually by the retired auto workers in support of the Cops for Kids program.
Tribune photo by Scott Pearson

The Lewisburg Police Department isnít switching their navy uniforms for red and white just yet, but they are getting into the holiday spirit.

LPD is hosting their annual Cops for Kids event on Saturday for Lewisburg children.

The department will treat local children at the Connelly Dream Center to breakfast and lunch with a Christmas shopping trip to Walmart in between.

Guidance counselors at Lewisburg elementary schools help identify children who could benefit from the event and permission slips are then sent home.

Each child has a $100 budget for their shopping and are assisted by dozens of community volunteers as well as members of the department.

Kim Gentry with LPD,said that this year the department was expecting roughly 100 children to take part.

Planning for the event takes place year-round and has developed its own rhythm over the years.

Mike Martinez, representing Local 1853 of the Retired United Auto Workers, delivered 39 winter coats to the department on Wednesday.

Martinez and his fellow retirees have been supporting Cops for Kids since 1994, providing coats since 2002. Each year, the membership raises close to $3,000 to purchase coats for those who need them.