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Preparations are under way for an annual holiday event that helps Lenawee County kids in need.
The Lenawee County Sheriff's Department is gearing up for its annual Shop with a Cop program, a holiday tradition where a member of the sheriff's department is paired with a local child in need. Together, the pair goes shopping for essentials, like clothing and winter accessories.
The department works with Walmart to fund the program, but officials say over the last few years, the store's funds have been dwindling. Since they want to keep the program running, they're asking for donations from the community. Sheriff Jack Welsh says last year's Shop with a Cop was a huge success thanks to donations from the public.
Just $100 can help provide a child with winter essentials, as well as a small gift given by Santa himself. This year, the sheriff's department hopes to raise about $4,000 to help 40 children.
Anyone interested in contributing to this worthy cause can drop off or send donations to: