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Cape Coral FOP Lodge 33 treats local children to free holiday shopping

By Staff | Dec 31, 2018

Nearly 50 children were treated to free holiday shopping on Saturday, Dec. 15, courtesy of the Cape Coral Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 33.

Dubbed the “holiday shopping trip,” the annual event is all about giving and provides local children with gift cards valued at around $150 to purchase presents for their family members. Kicking off the day with a uniformed police chaperone picking them up from their homes, the kids are treated to breakfast at McDonald’s and then escorted to Walmart to do their shopping and take photos. Then, greeted by volunteers, the children visit the Police Department where their gifts are wrapped and they can enjoy pizza and a movie.

“We love giving back to the community and taking part in such a meaningful event,” said Sgt. Paul Blanchard, president of the Cape Coral FOP Lodge 33. “Seeing the joy on the children’s faces is so rewarding and a feeling I can’t describe.”

This is the 15th annual event held by the organization, which represents active and retired men and women of the Cape Coral Police Department. Overall, the shopping trip benefits over 100 children.