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Cops for Kids Christmas Shopping with Chief Giddens

WHAT: Annual Cops for Kids Christmas Shopping Event

WHEN: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Walmart – 5800 US Highway 98N, Lakeland, FL

WHY: The Cops for Kids toy donation program, with the assistance of generous community donors, helps families in need provide their children with a happy holiday.

LAKELAND, FL (November 27, 2017) – On Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., Chief Giddens will join staff and LakelandPD team members at the Walmart store, located at 5800 US Highway 98N, to begin the annual shopping for the Cops for Kids Christmas program.

Historically, the program provides toys for an estimated 400 local children each year.

The toys collected will be given to parents at the annual Cops for Kids pick-up party scheduled for December 14, 2017. Kids in attendance will have their photo made with Santa and enjoy a complimentary dinner.

New unwrapped toy donations for children up to 12 years of age can be dropped off at any of the following locations:

  • Lakeland Police Station / 219 N. Massachusetts Ave.
  • Lakeland Libraries (Main & Jackson Branch) / 100 Lake Morton Dr. and 1700 N. Florida Ave.
  • City Hall / 228 S. Massachusetts Ave.
  • Lakeland Electric / 501 E Lemon St.
  • Kelly Recreation Complex / 404 Imperial Blvd.


Monetary donations are also accepted and can be mailed to:

Att: Crime Prevention Unit

Lakeland Police Department

219 N Massachusetts Avenue

Lakeland, FL 33801

Please notate Cops for Kids on the memo line of your check or money order.

“Over the past ten years, our Cops for Kids program has helped ease the burden for hundreds of families and allowed thousands of children to have a happy holiday,” said Chief Larry Giddens. “One of the greatest things we can do as a police department is give back to our citizens in need, for whom we take great pride in serving everyday.”

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