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On behalf of more than 400 children, the FOP and FOPA express our appreciation to the business and professional community for their generosity and to all citizens of Meade County who so graciously dropped their pennies, dimes and dollars into the buckets at our roadblocks on Nov. 29.

Because of these generous donations, the Fraternal Order of Police were able to help over 400 Meade County children through their Shop With a Cop and Angel Tree programs. We took over 30 Meade County children to Pamida and Cox’s Dec. 13 for Shop With a Cop with the others adopted through the Angel Tree program.

I cannot begin to thank each individual, group, business or organization that supports these programs each year, so I would like to say a collective thanks to all. Your generosity will help the children have a brighter and merrier Christmas.

I would like to ask that everyone remember Cox’s, Pamida and Mr. Gatti’s during the Christmas season and throughout the year. When we shop for the children, we shop in Meade County stores and help Meade County children. Cox’s and Pamida are of tremendous help with everything from opening early, giving refreshments to children and workers and giving discounts so the children may be helped even more. And Mr. Gatti’s helps us feed the children after a long morning of shopping.

There are also special friends of the FOP and FOPA who donate hundreds of dollars for these programs. Your wish for anonymity will always be kept, but your generosity will never be forgotten and you are always in our thoughts and prayers.

And I certainly don’t want to forget the FOP and FOPA members who stand in the cold on the roadblocks and spend countless hours and days getting all this done. You make me proud to be a part of this organization. I will never be able to express in words how much you are appreciated. It is your generosity, caring and willingness to go above and beyond to help others that makes Meade County the kind of community we can be proud to call home and where others want to live. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

A special note to all of Meade County:

With the tragic death of Chelsea Stinnett, a lovely, talented and wonderful young woman who touched so many in her short 18 years here, this Christmas will be especially trying. The people of Meade County gave love, kindness and hope to not only the family but to all of us so deeply affected by this loss.

I was in Louisville for the funeral and overheard an elderly gentleman say, “If I ever move from here, I am going to move to Meade County. That has to be a wonderful place to live when that many give and do so much for someone so young.” I have never been so proud of Meade County as I was right then. This is truly an outstanding community and people.

I know your kindness, thoughts and prayers are deeply appreciated by everyone so closely touched by this tragedy. To Dawn, Mike, Nick, Corey, Jordan and David, my thoughts and prayers are with you, and I thank you for letting Chelsea be a part of our lives.

Larry Singleton
President, Fraternal Order of Police


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