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Police looking for help with holiday shopping spree for kids

Published On: Nov 07 2013 09:41:46 PM CST
OROVILLE, Calif. -

After dealing with crippling budget problems, the Oroville Police Department is still working to help children in need.

The Oroville Police Officer's Association (OPOA) will again be treating children to a Walmart holiday shopping spree, at their annual “Shop with a Cop” event on December 11.

Local elementary and middle school children get an allowance to spend on family, friends, and themselves for presents.

The city of Oroville has been dealing with serious budget issues, and it has greatly affected the police department. Several law enforcement positions have been cut and they are asking for the public’s help in order to help the kids.

"Officers and members of the association do give to it but it is a lot of money,” said Officer Gary Vrooman. “We have anywhere from 85 to 100 kids participate at $50 each. It comes out to needing about $5,000 to $6,000 a year to fund everything. We just ask for donations from the community to help support it."

The students nominated to participate are economically disadvantaged, but they also show academic progress, and have no recent disciplinary problems.

The OPOA is a non-profit organization and a letter documenting your donation is available upon request.

Please send your “Shop with a Cop” donations to the Oroville Police Officers’ Association at 2055 Lincoln Street, Oroville, California 95966.