Time and money needed for Christmas with a Cop program

Donations are being sought for this year's Christmas with a Cop program that benefits middle school and high school students tracked by the Carson City School District's Kids in Transition Program.

Jeanette Ardinger, coordinator for Kids in Transition, said last year's event was a success and she hopes to match that this year.

For Christmas with a Cop, children in need are given a shopping trip to Wal-Mart with a police officer or other volunteer as an escort.

They are allowed to purchase whatever age-appropriate items they wish, and then volunteers wrap the gifts for them.

Wal-Mart waives the sales tax for the event.

Ardinger said she hadn't yet tallied the number of Carson Middle School, Eagle Valley Middle School and Carson High School students who will participate this year, but she hopes to be able to give them at least $75 apiece.

In 2005, the program received $2,000 from the district. Harley-Davidson Financial Services traditionally matches that funding.

Ardinger said in addition to cash donations, she needs people willing to donate their time to wrap the gifts and escort the students. The shopping spree is set for 9-11 a.m. Dec. 20 at the Carson City Wal-Mart.

Karson Kruzers car club has signed on to provide lunch for the children.

The Kids in Transition program serves children living in motels, hotels, campgrounds, vehicles and tents, as well as those living with grandparents or families doubling up in a single home. There are usually about 400-450 students who qualify each year.

To donate, call Ardinger at 690-1303, or drop it off at 604 W. Musser St.

• Contact reporter F.T. Norton at ftnorton@nevadaappeal.com or 881-1213.


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