The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9 will hold its annual Christmas “Cops and Kids” on Saturday, December 19, 2009. This year’s event will be held at the Target Store located at 8120 University City Blvd. beginning at 9:00 am.The Fraternal Order of Police takes kids shopping during the Christmas season for toys and clothes they might otherwise not see. All the kids are referred to the FOP though various community resources. We hope that by helping them with purchases of Christmas gifts they will have a happy holiday and start the New Year on a positive note. Randy Hagler, Lodge #9 president notes “Each year the program grows and it’s a great opportunity to see the kids warm up to the officers by the end of the shopping experience.” “Christmas Cops and Kids” would not be possible without contributions from the community to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police throughout the year. Thank you for your support! “Ultimately it benefits the children and their families,” says Ben Pepitone, Lodge #9 committee chair, “but I have to tell you the officers get a lot out of it too.” The FOP is the largest law enforcement officer organization in the country with more than 325,000 members nationwide. Locally the 1500 member FOP Lodge is made up of men and women serving in the law enforcement community in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Members proudly serve in all capacities of law enforcement including municipal, county, state, and federal agencies.