Two businesses and two organizations donated money to LaFayette’s annual “Shop with a Cop or Fireman” program.
The donations total $7,581 and will be used to buy Christmas gifts at Walmart for 40 LaFayette children, ranging from prekindergarten the fifth grade. Each child will receive gifts ranging from $150 to $200 each.
Holly McWhorter, representing the LaFayette Optimist Club, donated $2,500 to the program on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the LaFayette Police Department. The money was raised during last year’s Reindeer Run. The next Reindeer Run is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, at 9 a.m. at Joe Stock Park Memorial Park near the downtown square. Proceeds from that run will go towards the program next year.
On that same day, Michael Laing of Fred’s Pharmacy in LaFayette donated $1,081, as well as leading knight Wesley Steele, representing the LaFayette Elks Lodge No. 2018, which donated $1,500 to the program. LaFayette Walmart donated $2,500 to the program.
The police department will also buy and deliver Christmas gifts to the Head Start in LaFayette.
Police officers and firefighters will arrive parade-style to the South Walker Head Start on Probasco Street, and Santa Claus will hand out the gifts to the youngsters.
The police department kicked off its third annual “Hair for the Holidays” fundraiser, in which police officers let their beards grow to raise money for the department’s “Shop with a Cop” 2015 Christmas program.