Cops for Tots gears up for 29th year of holiday goodwill
With the invaluable help of the Greer Community, the city's police department will put smiles on the faces of underprivileged children December 16 when it hosts the 29th annual Cops for Tots distribution.

“The Cops for Tots program has become a fun and important annual event to support children in our community,” Lt. Patrick Fortenberry said. “Thanks to the generosity of the many community members and businesses who make it successful, we are able to brighten the lives of many children and start to build a relationship with them.”

The Cops for Tots program started in 1988 when officers with the Greer Police Department bought and delivered presents to one family in the Sunnyside Community. Every year since, the Greer Police Department has partnered with the Greer community in providing Christmas presents to underprivileged children so that no child is left without presents on Christmas Day.

In 2016 the Greer Police Department was able to provide presents for more than 300 children in the Greater Greer area.

The department is again seeking support from the community through monetary donations and/or new, unwrapped presents that may be dropped off at the Greer Police Department at 102 S. Main St. All monetary donations are tax deductible and checks should be made out to the “Greer Cops for Tots” program.

Monetary donations will also be accepted at the City of Greer Tree Lighting event on Dec. 1. Any donors between 5-7 p.m. will received a Police Dog Hero activity book and a poster featuring Greer PD K-9s Boss and Stryker.

Applications for participants in the program will be available from Nov. 20 through Dec. 1 at the front desk in the Greer Police Department lobby.