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Kiwanis learns about Cops and Kids


Some children don’t get a Christmas, one Jamestown police officer said. So law enforcement stepped in to help.

Officer Andrew Staska from the Jamestown Police Department is one of the organizers for Cops and Kids (formerly known as Shop with a Cop). Staska is also the school resource officer.

Donations determine how many children they can help. Each child gets $100. Some children purchase for themselves. Others buy for other members of the family. The program usually helps between 20 and 40 children each year, Staska said.

“We really want them to enjoy Christmas,” Staska said.

Each child is paired with a member of law enforcement, be it a police officer, sheriff deputy, Highway Patrol or prison guard.

Twenty-two members and guests attended the regular Kiwanis meeting on Sept. 10.

Tim Curtis collected “Happy Dollars.” Don and Sharon Caine led music.

Kids Against Hunger is set for 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 3. Kiwanis’ goal is to raise $20,000 in hopes of packaging 80,000 meals. All meals benefit hungry families in North Dakota and Minnesota. Anyone who wants to participate can email Donations are accepted at

The club unanimously voted to reduce the size of its board from 11 members to nine.

The more than 50 members of Kiwanis meet each Monday at noon. New members are always welcome.

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