Centralia Shop with a Cop Helps Add Joy to the Season for 150 Youngsters
$14,000 Spent on This Year's Program
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Centralia Police are joined by others who assisted in making Shop with a Cop a Success.
Photo by Bruce Kropp

The Centralia Shop with a Cop program helped make the Christmas season merrier for 150 low income children who were selected with the help of area schools.

Centralia Fraternal Order of Police President Steve Whritenhour believes this is the 25th year for the program.

"We had over 150 kids from all the area schools and we had a lot of people come in today to help us. Not just the police officers but we had some of the correctional officers from the Centralia Prison, some of the fire department personnel from the Centralia Fire Protection District. We also had some youth organizations here in town send some volunteers out and without all of them coming in and helping us today there is no way we could shop for over 150 kids in such a short period of time."

Members of the Centralia High School football team joined the effort in helping to load the gifts into vehicles.

Whritenhour says a golf tournament and trivia night held at the Greenview Golf Course raised a total of $7,000. The rest of the money came from a mailer sent each year to businesses and residents.

Lead Dispatcher Stacey Jolliff, who coordinates the selection of students with the schools, says a total of $14,000 was spent this year on the kids selected to Shop with a Cop.

The program was held Saturday morning at the Centralia Walmart store.

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