“We’ll be going to Kohl’s and doing the same thing as last year,” Emerson Police Chief Stan Bradley said. “We’re in the fundraising portion right now where we talk to businesses and the people in the community about donating money for the project.”
In 2010, the department, along with volunteers from the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office, Cartersville, Kingston and Euharlee police departments as well as the Georgia State Patrol, Bartow County Schools and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety accompanied Emerson officers as they paired with students from Emerson Elementary and South Central Middle who were pre-selected by the school to shop at Kohl’s for clothing and accessories that they needed.
“We were able to raise a good amount of money and ended up taking about 68 kids up to Kohl’s last year,” Bradley said. “Each one of them got to shop.”
Bradley said that he is currently in the process of inviting local law enforcement agencies to participate again and is extending the invitation to the city of Adairsville this year.
“We’re asking for as many law enforcement officers as possible to participate because we’ll have more than enough kids,” Bradley said.
All funds for the breakfast and a band for entertainment before the shopping adventure are provided through donations. Santa also will be on site during the breakfast to greet the children.
“Every penny goes to the kids,” Bradley said.
To make a donation, citizens may contact any member of the Emerson PD or call the office at 770-386-6696. Funds from the BCSO Run for the Donut have been set aside specifically for the cause as well.
“I think it will be great and we’re pretty excited,” Bradley said. “If anybody could give a donation we’d be glad to accept it.”