The 5th annual Cops & Kids Project sponsored by Purcell’s Fraternal Order of Police will be December 15.
Police will take school-age children to Walmart to shop for Christmas gifts.
Sgt. Heather Kaluzny, project coordinator, said the FOP has sponsored 109 shopping trips since 2008.
“This year we hope to take 25 to 30 kids shopping,” she added.
Applications for this year’s shopping excursion are available at the Purcell Police Department.
To be eligible, children must live inside the Purcell city limits. The recommended age for participation is five to 12 years, Kaluzny said, and previous participants should not apply.
The application deadline is November 20.
Those children chosen for this year’s project will ride to Walmart in a police car. They will spend time with an officer while selecting the items they want to purchase.
Volunteers will be available to help the children wrap their gifts.
All of the youngsters will also receive a new backpack and several books through Cindy Millsap’s Tommy Totebag program.
In addition, First Christian Church members will make breakfast for the families.
For information about making a donation to the program or if you have questions about the application, contact Kaluzny at 527-4691.