GUELPH POLICE SERVICE
The Adopt-a-Family program has become a festive tradition for members of the Guelph Police Service. The tradition of giving back to community children, youth and families began in 2004 at a platoon level and, in 2005 it quickly grew to an organization-wide initiative which we have come to call “The Cops & Kids Christmas Campaign.” Over the years, we have helped make Christmas brighter for over 325 children from 115 families.
The Cops & Kids committee meets regularly to plan fundraising activities that assist us in raising money for our adopted families. We host a variety of fundraising initiatives such as our annual $20 challenge – the $20 challenge is an internal competition where we ask each member to donate $20 to the campaign, each year this challenge is a success and 2017 was no different.
The thousands of dollars raised by members of the Guelph Police assists our program and ultimately provides a memorable Christmas for our local families and children who we have adopted during the Christmas season. Some of the other in-house fund raising initiatives that assist us in raising money are bake sales, silent auctions, and dress-down days. We have also been fortunate to have the support of various internal and external community partners. Once we attain our monetary goal each year our committee shoppers then shop locally for their adopted families.
The Adopt-a-Family program enables members of our Service to share our compassion and generosity with members of the Guelph Community. The Cops & Kids Christmas Campaign is an overwhelming success each year and we are proud to work together as an organization and a team to help others at Christmas time have a Christmas to remember. The 2017 Cops & Kids campaign this year assisted 27 children from 10 families. We wouldn’t have such a successful annual campaign if it wasn’t for the generosity of all the members who participated from the Guelph Police Service.
Our goal is simple “ to make Christmas Brighter for the children and families in our community who are less fortunate” during the holiday season. Christmas is about giving and nothing is better than to see a child smile and laugh on Christmas morning.