September 27, 2021

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Cops N Kids celebrates 25th year shopping with local kids

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The lawn and garden center at the Walmart on Possum Run Road was filled with kids and police officers Sunday morning, serving homemade cookies and juice and botted water.

Beginning at 9 a.m.,  all 135 kids who were invited were treated to new school clothes.

The families taking part in Cops N Kids are in the Richland County Children Service’s Kinship program, with many raised by their grandparents or relatives, said Mike Bammann, FOP Lodge 32 president and a retired Mansfield police officer.

Children were separated into three tiers — $100 for kids in preschool through fourth grade, $125 for kids in fifth through eighth grade and $150 for kids in ninth through 12th grade — and paired with one of the 50 to 60 volunteers, many lodge members or friends and family of members, representing law enforcement from across Richland County.

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