Kickoff Ceremony Canceled, but Tree Sale to Proceed
Tue, 12/08/2020 - 12:31pm caleb
Crawford County Sheriff’s Department Event to raise money for Shop with a Cop Program
Kinzie Nena | Staff Writer
While things throughout the community have been faced with multiple and oftentimes ever-changing health and safety standards, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, along with other departments, had hoped to offer a celebratory event full of holiday cheer and goodwill towards the community.
The first annual Tree Sale Kickoff was scheduled to take place on December 5 at the Tractor Supply Company parking lot, but it was canceled due to COVID-19; however, the tree sale will proceed as planned.
Local departments included in the original kickoff plans included the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, the Grayling City Police, the Grayling Fire Department, Lovells Township Fire Department, Frederic Fire Department, South Branch Fire Department, Beaver Creek Fire Department, Mobile Medical Response (MMR), AuSable Towing, and Phil’s Towing.
With the climate of the world and national news, Deputy Chase Lohr saw the Tree Sale Kickoff event as a good chance for locals to get to know their first responders and get some fun holiday pictures.
Because of changing standards, the kickoff event was canceled, but officers are still excited about this year’s Christmas Tree Sale which began November 27.
“The sale of these trees and donations help support our community’s children and several scholarship programs throughout the year. This time of year, our biggest program is Shop With A Cop,” said Deputy Michael Dekun, School Resource Officer.
This year, with last year’s donations and fundraising amounts, the Sheriff’s Department will be sponsoring five local families with a total of 13 children for this year’s Shop With A Cop, which helps children and families have an eventful and positive Christmas which may not otherwise happen due to disadvantages or financial need. This year officers get to spend about $100-$150 with each child to help pick out Christmas presents.
This year Dekun and Lohr hope to double their fundraising goals from last year to get the opportunity to support more families in the coming years. Sales so far are already going very well, according to Dekun, with a good amount of donations without the sale of Christmas trees.
“If (you) wish to just donate to this worthy cause please stop by the tree lot, or you can go to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. Thank you for your continued support to our Sheriff’s Office and our community programs,” said Deputy Dekun.
“I will be at the tree site every morning helping to select that perfect Christmas Tree,” said Dekun.
Gifts and food will be given out on December 22 with the officers and the selected families.
Dekun also wanted to recognize the Grayling Eagles Club for donating food baskets to be distributed during Shop With A Cop.