Successful Santa Cop program benefits more than 50 children

The Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Union County 911 office had their fifth annual Santa Cop program Dec. 13 at Anna Heights Baptist Church in Anna.

Employees shopped for and wrapped more than 375 Christmas gifts.

The gifts went to 53 children from the Dongola, Cobden, Lick Creek and Shawnee school districts.

Seventeen families also were given grocery baskets  which included items for their Christmas dinner.

Organizers of the Santa Cop program voiced appreciation to all of those who contributed to its success, including:

A-J National Bank, Casey’s General Store, Mike and Mary Jane Trexler, Phases, Anna Heights Baptist Church, Beussink and Hickam, Brenda’s Hairstyling.

Crain Funeral Home, E.T. Simonds, From the Heart Flowers and Gifts, Gurley & Son Heating and Air.

Jeremiah’s Antiques, John and Tracey Foley, Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home, Save-A-Lot, Shawnee School District.

VFW, Village of Dongola, Walmart, Haire Veterinary Clinic, The Gazette-Democrat, Honorable Judge Charles and Dana Cavaness.

Alto Vineyards, Jerry Schaefer, Billy Goodman, AnnaVista Bible Study, Attorney Ken Rose and Assoc., Boswell’s Lounge.

Cobden Junior/Senior High School, Cunningham Electronics, First Baptist Church of Anna, Full Gospel Pentecostal, H&R Block, Jim & Dot’s.

Oasis Shrine Club of Anna, Rod’s Towing, Schaefer Enterprises, State Farm Insurance/Brad Donna, Village of Cobden, Womick Law Firm, First Christian Church of Anna, Walnut Grove Church, Phillip “Moe” Johnson.

Any unknown/anonymous donors who made monetary donations directly to Anna State Bank and the organizers of the event.


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