The idea of an auction began just a few years ago when three items brought in $600 for Shop With A Cop. That showed Hurshel Hunter, President of Plymouth FOP 195 that a radio auction could benefit the program in a big way. Since then the amount of auction items has grown as well as the funds raised through he project.
This year the auction began at 8:30 a.m. instead of 9 because of the volume of auction items. Businesses, celebrities, local citizens, organizations and others donated over 400 items to the auction this year. From the smallest bid to the largest, they all helped to meet and actually surpass the goal of $15,000.
At the end of the auction it appears that over $17,000 was raised for Shop With A Cop. That is if everyone who bid stops in to the WTCA Studios (112 W. Washington) and picks up their items and pays for them. Although a number of people stopped in on Friday and even more came on Saturday, there are still a number of items that haven’t been picked up.
Because the actual Shop With A Cop is next weekend, the FOP needs to know how much money then have so they can determine the number children who will be able to go shopping at Wal-Mart next Saturday. Everyone needs to pick up their item by 5 p.m. on Monday. Items left will sold on the Opinion Show on Tuesday.
Although the radio auction raised lots of money, it’s not enough to take the goal of 350 kids shopping. That only happens with other donations…from schools, businesses, citizens dropping their change in jugs and purchasing window ornaments and from those who mail checks to Plymouth FOP 195.
Hurshel Hunter said, “This is the most wonderful community we live in and the support we get from the businesses and citizens is amazing.” Hunter also wanted to thank the many volunteers who have worked so hard to make this year’s event such a great success.