The Fraternal Order of Police Bud Allison Memorial Lodge #9 in Maryville is seeking applications and donations for its annual Shop With a Cop Program, which will conclude Dec. 13 at Shop With a Cop’s corporate sponsor, Alcoa Wal-Mart. On this day, area law enforcement officers take the youngsters shopping.
Applications are available at all Blount County, Alcoa and Maryville elementary schools as well as the Alcoa and Maryville Police Departments and the Blount County Justice Center. The deadline to return applications is Nov. 26 at 4:30 p.m.
For 16 years, Shop With a Cop has given needy children a chance to buy gifts for themselves and others.
Lodge #9 held the Bud Allison Memorial Lodge #9 Golf Benefit in June, with proceeds going directly to Shop With a Cop. In addition, the proceeds from a benefit concert held in August were donated to the cause.
For more information regarding the Shop With a Cop program, call the F.O.P. information line at 273-5345.
Tax deductible donations to the Shop With a Cop program can be mailed to the F.O.P. Lodge #9, P.O. Box 5256, Maryville, TN 37802. You can also leave a check made out to Shop With a Cop at the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.