Local business donates $15,000 to Cops for Kids program

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Every year, the Crestview Police Department holds their Cops for Kids toy distribution drive to help local families in need around the holidays.

This year, after receiving two cartons and several bags of new toys, the police department received a $15,000 donation from the Allen Turner Chevrolet dealership in Crestview.

Crestview police say that the donation exceeded the past two years' cash donations combined.

Turner says employees raised the money through a voluntary paycheck withholding program that supports a local community charity of the workers’ selection. Their total is then matched dollar-for-dollar by Mr. Turner’s corporate office.

If you would like to donate, Crestview PD says that cash and new, unused toys in original packaging are welcome. You can drop them off at the Police Department, City Hall, all local Dollar General stores, the Crestview Walgreen’s pharmacy, or Yvonne Shanklin at Edward Jones, 101 Fourth Ave. E.

Cops For Kids, like other Police Department community fundraising efforts, is administered by the Crestview Citizens Police Academy Alumni, a non-profit 501(c)3 program that partners with and supports the agency. CCPAA vice president Ed Corbett, who was on hand for the Turner check presentation, said his organization is proud to be part of the effort.​