It was the 22nd annual event to support the organization’s Christmas for Kids program at the Lebanon Golf Country Club.
“We do what we call a Cops for Christmas, where we try to raise money for less fortunate kids,” said Lebanon police detective and event coordinator David Willmore. “The teachers know who the kids are who maybe need that little extra something, who maybe aren’t going to have that good of a Christmas. It’s a great community effort to make sure that all kids we can help, we’re able to help.”
Twelve teams of four signed up for the event, and each participant received a bag of gifts and was put into a drawing for door prizes.
“We’ve got the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and Mt. Juliet Police Department has a team,” said Willmore. “We also get donations, we’ve got whole sponsors set up throughout the field here of businesses that have donated just to put a sign out that are helping us out. The Music City Mopar club out of Nashville has donated the last two years to our lodge to help promote this – donated a significant amount.”
In December, members of the lodge will meet with the children and take them on a shopping trip.
“We’ll spend as much as we can per kid; we typically try to set a limit,” said Willmore. “I’ve been doing this for 17 years; we always go over. You know, when you got a kid, and they’re picking clothes out, and they say, ‘my mom needs a hat,’ or ‘my mom needs gloves;’ when you see those kids saying that, that means a lot, and you can tell those kids are really appreciative of what little that we’re able to help.”
Bates Ford was another business to give a donation in the form of a car on No. 4 that could be won by anybody who hit a hole in one. Unfortunately, nobody won it and it was sent back to the dealership.
“All of the businesses here in Wilson County step up and help us out,” said Willmore.
For more information on the event or to help out with the Christmas for Kids program, visit the Wilson County FOP Lodge No. 71 Facebook page.