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PLYMOUTH â€” The annual Shop With a Cop auction heard on WTCA am1050 radio Friday netted some $15,000. The proceeds will be used to take local needy children shopping on Dec. 10.
This marked the fourth year that the station has provided air time for the auction. The first year started almost by accident when FOP Lodge #195 was given three items to use for raising funds. That year, the auction raised $600. From that generous donation the idea was born and by the next year the community had donated items that brought in $10,000.
Last year the ending total was about $13,000, so those involved set the goal higher this year.
The exact total for 2011 could not be tallied as yet since some of those who bid on items were not able to pick them up on Friday or Saturday. WTCA Station Manager Kathy Bottorff said, â€śAny items that arenâ€™t picked up or that sparked no bids will be auctioned off during the week."
Hershel Hunter, president of FOP Lodge #195, said, â€śThis is only possible with the communityâ€™s support.â€ť
There were more than 400 auction items donated this year ranging from gift certificates to large items. Every item helped them to raise the needed funds to make Christmas a little brighter for kids right here in Marshall County.
Among those donating were Adams Remco representatives Dave Hodges, regional sales manager, and Janell Prochno, account executive. Their generous donation worth more than $6,000 of two Toshiba 46 inch TVs, two Toshiba Thrive Tablets, one Toshiba Laptop and one Lexmark Color printer, scanner, fax, and copier help to keep the phone lines constantly ringing. Janell Prochno said, â€śWe do business in Plymouth and Marshall County and itâ€™s our privilege to help those in the communities where we live and work.â€ť
But like all of the other businesses making donations, Prochno echoed their sentiments saying, â€śItâ€™s not about us. Itâ€™s about the kids and families.â€ť
Officers from dozens of volunteers from local police departments will be meeting next Saturday at 9 a.m. at Walmart.
Hunter said, â€śWe plan to be able to shop with at least 300 kids this year. Iâ€™m always humbled by the kids who use their money to buy coats, clothes( including socks and underwear), and even toothbrushes. Many times they want to buy presents for their family.â€ť