Local officers help children have better Christmas

Members of the Columbus chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police held their annual Shop With A Cop event Sunday at the westside Walmart.

Alan Trisler, president of the post, said that just under 150 kids will have a brighter Christmas after Sunday’s shopping trips. Each child had a budget of about $225, or which $40 to $60 was planned for toys, with the rest going to clothing. Each child also received a meal at the Subway restaurant in the store, a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Trisler said that although the event is over for the year, the need is year-round. You can make a donation through the Columbus Police Department or the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.