Some of you who participated in our AFD Toys for Tots fund raiser may not be aware that Alliance Fire Department has drop their annual Toys for Tots project effective this year. This left us up in the air how we would help our kids during the Holiday season. I contacted the CEO of the Alliance Chamber of Commerce for possible recommendations. Mark Locke, CEO of the Alliance Chamber of Commerce and I go back to the 1970's when we were both in Jaycees at that time. He recommended Alliance Police Department FOP Lodge #73. They have conducted a project called "Cops helping Kids" for many years. FOP 73 helps between 50-60 kids obtain necessary winter clothing, coats, boots, hats, gloves, snow pants and other essentials. Fop 73 runs several fund raisers internally and receives out side support also. The project's cost is between  $9-10,000. each year. The parents of these kids in most cases, can not afford these items. The off duty APD officers, assemble the kids on a certain day, transport them via bus provided by our local bus company to Walmart.The Police Officers help each kid pick out the items  After  all the shopping is done, the kids are bused to Christopher Columbus Pizza here in Alliance for a Pizza Party. The kids go home with new clothes and their tummies are full. Your Executive Committee and Trustees have just  unanimously approved to use the funds raised at our November Meeting to support our local Alliance Police Departments FOP union #73 with their "Cops helping Kids" project. Please contact me by phone or email and let me know what you think. I am trying to save time by posting this article for your consideration and approval. "Come Now" and let me know your feelings! Let us help some of "OUR KIDS" have a wonderful Christmas Holiday!!!!
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