ELIZABETHTOWN — A group of law enforcement wives is asking Bladen County to show the love this Christmas.
In its fourth endeavor, the Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop program is a biannual event that allows individuals or groups to show appreciation to law enforcement officers.
“During the holiday season, when law enforcement officers are missing precious time with their families in order to protect and serve our communities, members of the Bladen County community come together to demonstrate their appreciation for these officers,” said Melonie Davis, one of the organizers.
Each person or group interested in participating is given an officer’s name and badge number. They are asked to donate a gift with an approximate value of $25 and to include a hand written note of appreciation. Gifts are collected at various locations around the county and organized and distributed to officers in time for Christmas.
“We’ve had such a great response from our community throughout the past year and a half with these events and are excited to be able to continue it this holiday season,” Davis commented.
Bladen County has 125 officers who will be included in the gift giving.
Davis said the program just opened up Sunday to previous donors and to everyone else Monday, and already, about 50 of the officers have been adopted.
“We have local individuals, businesses, and churches, along with some participants from all across the U.S. that have joined the fun,” David remarked.
Three collection sites have been announced for the program: Fowler’s Jewelry and Whimsical Florist, both in Elizabethtown, and Bladenboro Hardware. Gifts should be dropped off no later than Dec. 13.
Anyone interested in adopting an officer may contact Davis by phone at 910-308-8148 or by email at Bladencountyadoptacop@yahoo.com to obtain a name.
“We wouldn’t be able to do this without you,” Davis remarked. “Thank you in advance for your interest and participation.”
Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.