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65 Lincoln County-area Kids "Shop With a Cop"
12/11/2008
Senior Trooper Carla Urbigkeit
Commercial Fisheries Enforcement
Oregon State Police - Newport
Office: (541) 265-5354 ext. 300

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Several Lincoln County area public safety agencies, Department of Human Service employees, volunteers and Walmart helped to brighten the upcoming holiday season for more than 60 children last weekend during the area's "Shop with a Cop" event.

 
According to Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Carla Urbigkeit, sixty-five kids ages 3 – 18 eagerly arrived at the Newport Walmart store Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. where they were matched with a police officer from one of 5 law enforcement agencies. Generous donations from merchants, individual donors and the American Association of State Troopers made it possible for each child to receive $50 to shop for Christmas gifts.
 
"Raising funds is always the hardest part of this event, but those who donated really shined through and made it possible to brighten the lives of each child," said Urbigkeit.
 
Local and state family service agencies helped select the participating kids. Santa was on hand to take a picture with the kids before they were off to go shopping. Twenty-four police officers from Oregon State Police, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Newport Police Department, Lincoln City Police Department, and Toledo Police Department led the children through the Walmart store.
 
Gifts were wrapped with the help of volunteers from the officer's families, and volunteers from Oregon State Police, Newport Police Department, Department of Human Services, and Lincoln County District Attorney's Office.
 
"All involved expressed their gratitude to the Newport Walmart's generosity for hosting the event and donating money, supplies, and support," said Urbigkeit.
 
Anyone may make a donation to help the Lincoln County "Shop with a Cop" program. Donations may be mailed to Oregon State Police Volunteers at PO Box 974, Newport, Oregon 97365.