Celebrating the 18th year of “Shop with a Cop”, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge #15, supporting Brunswick and surrounding Medina and Cuyahoga communities, has yet again given a Christmas to kids they will never forget.

“Shop with a Cop” provides a day full of fun for a number of children in need while allowing them to create positive relationships with law enforcement. Fundraisers and charities brought this nonprofit annual event to life once again.

The purpose of this occasion is to show that cops are not as scary and intimidating as they may seem, but funny and caring people. During last year’s “Shop with a Cop”, 76 kids participated. This year, 98 kids from 13 different cities joined in on the fun.

The event began at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 14th and continued all day long. Breakfast was held for the children to get to know the police. There was a lot of laughter and dancing, and there were even donuts!

After breakfast, the children excitedly rode down to Strongsville’s Walmart in police cars and S.W.A.T. vehicles to pick out gifts for their families. Each child was gifted with 125 dollars to spend. Several kids picked out stuffed animals, board games, barbie dolls, and more.

The police were happy to know they gave the kids a fun atmosphere. Later, they met back at the Police Lodge to have a pizza party. Face painting, gift-wrapping, and a bike raffle were all set up and ready to go. The kids were surprised to be greeted by Santa and his elves.

Sergeant Marcello Marsala of Strongsville said, “It’s an awesome experience. You can see kids’ faces light up when they pick out gifts and I’m glad we’re able to provide that.”

Sarah Keller, an 8th grader at Edwards Middle School, is one of over fifty student “backpack journalists” (grades 6-12) in the award-winning BEAT Video Program. The program is sponsored by Scene75 (www.scene75.com), Plum Creek Assisted Living Community, Baskets Galore, Danbury Senior Living, Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, Medina County Community Fund, Brunswick University Center, Brunswick Eagles 3505, 100+ Women Who Care Medina, and the Brunswick Rotary Club. Go to www.thebeat22.com to learn more about the Program, or visit https://thebeat.viebit.com to view videos produced by the students.