“It’s great,” said Janelle Spurlock, whose granddaughter, both parents deceased, was eyeing several toys.
“I think that it’s here for those who don’t have people to get for them,” Spurlock said.
Meanwhile, another young girl nearby showed her mother a blue unicorn she immediately fell in love with.
“You finally got your horse,” her mother said with a smile.
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“It’s just giving back to the community,” Jordan added, noting that Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 36 receives donations from such organizations as Meijer ($3,500 this year); the police department’s No Shave November fundraiser ($1,100); the Eagles ($1,000); Lafayette Temple ($1,000); Chuck Demostenes Memorial ($1,000); Crosspointe Church of Christ ($500 in Meijer cards plus 100 stuffed animals); Truth Tabernacle Church ($200); Homemakers Circle 9 ($200); Christ United Methodist Church ($100); Gary Hoff ($100); and Mark’s Towing ($100).
Patrolwoman Rachael Ward and Reserve Officer Nick Peters worked together with a family of three girls: She helping select toys, and he adding up the totals for each.
“I think it’s for a great cause,” Ward said. “I love helping the little kids — just seeing their eyes light up.”
“It’s just wonderful,” Peters agreed. “Let’s be honest: This is a tough time of year. This is my favorite part about being a police officer.”