The Shop With A Cop and Emergency Services program sponsored by Plymouth F.O.P Lodge 195 in Marshall County is in its 26th year of providing a bit of holiday cheer to children in Marshall County.  The program offers assistance to youth in all the elementary schools in Marshall County.  While the program is geared toward elementary age children, if the family has older or younger children, they are not excluded from participating in the shop.

Each year FOP 195 does a variety of fundraising efforts to raise the necessary funds to make Shop With A Cop successful.  Right now, there are coin collecting jugs in businesses all over the county and many retail establishments have paper window ornaments they will hang for a donation of just a $1 or more.  Donations can also be mailed directly to Plymouth FOP at P.O. Box 875.

The 12th annual live radio auction on WTCA AM 1050 & FM 106.1 will be held this Friday, December 3rd starting at 9 a.m.   Several hundred items will be on the auction block.  Hunter said, “We will have everything from a taco to a car on the auction block.”  There will be gift certificates for food and services, holiday decorations, a septic tank pump, handmade items and many more.

If you would like to participate in the auction this year, you need to call WTCA at 936-4096, email or text the radio station at 574-307-6647.  All we need is your name, and a phone number and we will give you a bid number.  Then on Friday we will call those who were successful bidders to let them know.  Winning bidders can pick up on Friday from 5 to 7 and Saturday from 9 till noon. 

The auction blocks will be on the WTCA website at Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.  Look for the Shop With A Cop icon and click on it and it will take you to the half hour blocks, the big board and photos of the vehicles.

Each year a Shop With A Cop committee selects children whose parents or guardians have filled out an application for assistance.  Not only does FOP 195 help children, they also provide needed items for approximately 24 clients from Marshall Starke Development Center who don’t have families to receive gifts from plus 60 to 70 senior citizens will receive a gift card that can be used for food or medicine.  Plymouth FOP 195 works with REAL Services to find seniors who could use a little help this time of year.