Nola Sizemore Staff Writer
December 23, 2013
The Evarts Police Department held their first annual “Cops 4 Kidz” event at Walmart on Saturday. Hosting 21 children, who were given $100 each to spend on toys for Christmas, brought smiles to many faces.
Spending months soliciting donations from local businesses and individuals for the event, Officer William Clogston said the funds donated benefited only the children.
“The smiles on these kids’ faces is reward enough for the work we put into organizing this event this year,” said Clogston. “We participated last year with the city and county fire departments and other first responders, which was hosted by Pathfinders, but this year we did it on our own, with the exception of our own fire department who secured coats for all the children.”
Clogston said investing in children is “investing in your future.
“Every one needs to support our children, because by doing so you are supporting our future,” said Clogston. “Events like this also teach children that police officers are their friends and they can come to us if they need help. Some times police officers are made out to be the bad guys when kids see us taking parents or people they know to jail. We want to show them we are more than that and we want to help them in any way we can.”
Mayor Eddie Manning said the Evarts Police Department works “very hard” interacting with the children on Clover Fork and he is proud of them for their efforts.
Manning’s wife, Melonie, said children were chosen “by word of mouth” for the event.
“We tried to concentrate on families where parents were out of work and needed a little help for the holiday,” said Manning.
Evarts Council members Larry Caudill and Shelley Shackleford both attended the event offering their support. They both agreed helping others “is the true meaning of Christmas.”
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