Shop with a Cop' nets at least $16,000 for needy children

By By Sharon White/The Meridian Star
Dec. 10, 2000
About 115 needy children will be sporting new clothes and brandishing gifts bought by Meridian police officers this holiday as part of the annual fund-raiser "Shop With A Cop."
So far this year Meridian Police Department Benevolent Association has netted more than $16,000, most of which was raised by Santa and a helper while they sat atop the waters of Bonita Lakes.
Matthews and Meridian Police Officer Steve Clark, aka Santa, spent the time in the cold to raise money that will be used next week to purchase the items for underprivileged area children.
The goal is $20,000.
Final totals will be made public Friday at noon during WKZB 93.5's Sport Buzz Show at Princeton's Ivy Sports Pub. Until then, donations will continue to be accepted at the Meridian Public Department or at the radio station. Cut-off time for purchasing the fund-raiser's raffle tickets will be Wednesday at noon, Roberts said.
Prizes in the drawing include a $300 gift certificate from Wal-Mart, $200 in cash, and two separate dinners and evening stays at Silver Star Casino.
Clark said, however, the fund-raiser would not have been as much fun or successful without the help of Kinard Marine, which loaned the association the pontoon used in the lake stunt, and Mitchell Cranes, which lifted the pontoon in and out of the lake.
For more information about contributing to Shop With A Cop, contact B-93 The Buzz at 483-9322 or Meridian Police Department at 485-1893.
Sharon White is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail her at swhite@themeridianstar.com.

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