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The Elkins Fraternal Order of Police Gave Back to Those Less Fortunate Saturday
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on December 09, 2012 @ 9:11AM
Created on December 08, 2012 @ 6:22PM

Saturday in Randolph County, The Fraternal Order of Police hosted their 20th Annual Christmas Party for under-privileged kids.

When we got there Saturday, families were lined up through the whole parking lot waiting to go inside to see Santa Claus and receive some special presents. It wasn't surprising after we were told that 400 kids were invited to the event.

"I wanted to be the one first in line to get in here because I love Santa," said Monica Cottrell, Tucker County resident.

And most of the kids wanted to be there as soon as possible to pick out certain gifts and be there first to see Santa. Organizers said this year they made their event a little shorter because it always dies down after the first hour.

 "I want a baby alive. I got treats, hats and gloves, and stuffed animals. I thought it was Christmas Eve," said Alyssa G, Randolph County.

When the families got through the front door they first got to pick out hats, gloves, and a scarf. Then moved onto refreshments and stuffed animals.

"This is a stuffed animal, monkeys. We got that from over there," Jacob and Josh, Randolph County residents.

The children moved quickly through all of these stations so they could get to Santa.

"I was very happy that I got to see Santa. I told him that I wanted nail polish, and make-up, and one direction toys," Dessi Zaremski, Tucker County resident.

After Santa found out what they wanted he gave them a bag of candy and a present.

"Santa got me Candyland. I got a dragon, it's purple and pink. Santa's my favorite," said Kayanna Rudy, Barbour County resident.

As you can see, the kids were so excited to be there and the parents were as well.

"I just wanted to thank them for this wonderful program and I am grateful for my kids to have it," said Monica Arbaugh, Barbour County resident.

 Even though this event was mainly for the children it helps out the parents a great deal.

"It gives them the opportunity to understand and know that there are people out there who care and are willing and do what they can to make it a little happier for them," said Lt. Richards, Elkins Police Department and President of the Seneca Lodge.

Hundreds of people came in and out of the F.O.P Saturday, but it doesn't stop there.

"If we have things left over. If Santa's left us a few things. We will take them out to the community and give them to other children," said Terri Rowe, F.O.P Member and Chairperson of the event.

The Elkins F.O.P urges you to contact them if you need any help this holiday season.


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