On Saturday, December 5, 2015, PCSO West Division COPS (Community Oriented Policing) deputies will bring some Christmas cheer to 31 children during the annual Westside COPS Christmas party, thanks to generous donations and businesses.
Each year, deputies identify children in the community who otherwise would not receive much for Christmas. The goal of this project is to provide at least 3 gifts per child. The gifts were purchased by the deputies, with funds provided by Polk Sheriff's Charities, Inc., Target Inc., K&K Nursery, Sanlan RV & Golf Resort, and Walmart.
The party will be held at the Sanlan RV & Golf Resort, located at 3929 Hwy 98 South in Lakeland. The children and their families will arrive at 11:00 a.m., where they will be treated to hot dogs, hamburgers, beans, cookies, and drinks, provided by donations. There will be a PCSO K-9 demonstration, the PCSO Mounted Unit, and other PCSO static displays.
From 12:30 – 2:00 p.m., two volunteers, acting as Santa and Mrs. Claus, will help the COPS deputies hand out the toys to the children.
The media is invited and encouraged to attend this annual event!