30th annual Cops N' Kids event held in Manhattan Saturday Morning
The 30th annual Cops N’ Kids event took place at Walmart in Manhattan Saturday morning, the event was started by the Riley County Fraternal Order of Police in Nineteen Eighty Nine and has continued to grow.
This year, R-C-P-D, in cooperation with the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s office were able to sponsor 85 local kids.
Children were paired up with members from Riley County Police Department, Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s office, Saint Mary’s Police Department, Wamego Police Department or K-State Police Department to go shopping.
Many children chose to go to the toy aisles and pick out new toys, and some opted to go to the craft section and stock up on new painting and art supplies.
“It’s been a lot of fun, what a great way to spend a Saturday morning, and I hope these kids had a good time, because we sure did.” Riley County Police Department, director, Dennis Butler says.
“It’s a great event, you know, it’s a great opportunity to get the police officers out with our local kids, and you know, give them an opportunity to…to get out and make a difference with these families.” Pottawatomie County Sheriff, Shane Jager says.
“Having a gift or a present that they want and seeing them light up when they get those things is pretty heartwarming.” Cops N’ Kids for Riley County & Pottawatomie County, Chairman and Coordinator, Rod Cook says.
Money for the Cops N Kids is raised during ‘Hair for the Holidays’ which is sometimes called ‘No Shave November’ where officers and employees are allowed to grow facial hair with a donation to the Cops N Kids event. Even those without facial hair still made donations to this wonderful event.