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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 12/9/2010 

 PCSO Embraces the True Meaning of Christmas 

The Polk County Sheriff's Office has several events planned this holiday season to ensure that needy children throughout the county will receive presents this year. 

On Friday, December 17, 2010, at 3:00 in the afternoon, the residents at Sanlan RV Park, located at 3929 US Hwy 98 South in Lakeland, will partner once again with Polk County Sheriff's COPS (Community Oriented Policing) Southwest district deputies to bring some Christmas cheer to over 30 children, during the annual Southwest COPS Christmas party. 

Last year was the first year that the residents participated in this event. Two residents have volunteered to play Santa and Mrs. Claus at the party and will help Sheriff Judd and the COPS deputies hand out the toys to the children. The park residents have graciously provided their community room for the party and will serve refreshments as well. 

Additionally, the Polk County Sheriff's Office Mulberry Station is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club and the City of Mulberry this holiday season for "Shop with a Cop."  The event will be held on Saturday, December 18th from 8:00 until 11:00 a.m. at the Wal-Mart store located at 6745 North Church Avenue in Mulberry. Approximately 25 children and their families will be invited to the event.

Wal-Mart donated money to the Boys & Girls Club, who then requested assistance from PCSO in identifying children within the city limits of Mulberry that are in need of assistance during this Holiday Season.  Each child will be presented with a gift card from Wal-Mart and given the opportunity to shop for items on their wish list.  McDonald's, located inside the Wal-Mart, will be donating breakfast to the children and their families for the event. 

Also, Southwest District General Crimes Detective Ronald Carpenter, has organized a motorcycle ride for Saturday, December 18th, to deliver food, clothes, toys, and other necessities to needy families throughout Polk County.

THese families were identified by fellow deputies and Polk County citizens as those in need. Detective Carpenter, along with his church (Turning Point Baptist Church) has collected donations, held a yard sale, and a raffle, to purchase the items. During the motorcycle ride, Detective Carpenter, with the assistance of church members and fellow deputies, will be personally delivering these items to families that live in Frostproof, Bradley, Mulberry and Willow Oak. For more information contact Detective Carpenter at 863.534.6394.