By Erin Smith
As folks begin to think about Christmas, one group of law enforcement officers’ wives want to make sure those who protect our citizens are not forgotten. The Second Annual Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop for Christmas is now under way.
“We have 125 officers,” said Melanie Davis, one of the event’s organizers. The officers include the White Lake Police Department, Elizabethtown Police Department, Bladenboro Police Department, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Park Rangers and Wildlife Officers.
Adopting a cop for Christmas is easy. All you have to do is contact Davis by calling 910-308-8148 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can adopt as many officers as you wish. Davis said about half of the officers have been adopted.
The way it works is you will be given the officer’s name and you write them an appreciation letter or thank you note and you spend about $20 on a gift for them (a gift card, a goody basket, etc.). The gift items are due on Wednesday, December 13, and can be dropped off at Whimsical Florist, Fowler Jewelry or Bladenboro Hardware. Davis said volunteers with Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop will deliver the items to the officers.
The “Adopt a Cop” program was organized 2016 by a group of law enforcement wives. Davis said she saw a similar program being organized by a law enforcement officer’s wife in Gastonia. The idea behind the program is to have citizens from around the county to “adopt” an officer. The adopter writes a note to the officer voicing their support and offering prayers.
Davis said during the holidays officers are in their patrol cars and away from their families and missing out on “family time.”
“This is a way to say ‘Thank you’ to them and to show our appreciation to them for keeping Bladen County safe and protected,” said Davis.