On Saturday, Dec. 21, the Olive Hill Police Department will hold its annual Christmas party to distribute toys, coats and other necessities to children and families in need.

Police Chief Bobby Hall explained that this is something the department has always participated in, but that when the region's Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) suspended their “Shop with a Cop” program, the need to do things locally increased.

Last year the department took the funds that they would have used for the FOP program and, instead of doing “Shop with a Cop” through the FOP, did it through their own program.

As with last year, the department is working with the school resource centers to identify children and families in need, and using the funds to purchase the Christmas gifts those children have asked for.

While local businesses and community members have always helped, this year the Olive Hill Cash Express is making a special effort to support the police department's goals by holding a toy and coat drive, as well as a bake sale, with all proceeds going to the support the Olive Hill Police Department's efforts.

Codie Carroll, with Cash Express, said that they are accepting donations of coats and toys at their Olive Hill location from now through Dec. 15. They are accepting new and gently used coats and toys, as well as cash donations, for distribution through the Olive Hill police's efforts.

“We'll be filling the cruiser on Dec. 6,” Carroll said.

Along with the toy and coat drive, the Olive Hill Cash Express will be holding a holiday bake sale on Dec. 6, from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., with all money earned donated to the police department to support their efforts to help children have something to look forward to on Christmas morning.

Donations received between Dec. 6 and Dec. 15, when the toy and coat drive ends, will be distributed to the Olive Hill Police Department before their Dec. 21 event.

Contact the writer at jwells@journal-times.com.

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