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SGI’s McManamon Supports Cops and Kids

December 8th, 2015

Loudon County Sheriff's Office

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Loudon County, Virginia – SGI Partner Michael McManamon brought holiday cheer to a Loudon County child and his family Sunday at the Cops and Kids Holiday Program. The Dulles Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) #69 held their 16th annual Cops and Kids Holiday program this past weekend, partnering with Wegmans and Target in Sterling, Virginia.

The Dulles Fraternal Order of Police has held this Holiday Event every year since 1989, and each year raises more than $16,000 for this event. Children attending, along with their families, receive a warm breakfast at Wegmans before shopping with a Police Officer at Target. Each child is given a $200.00 gift card to with which to purchase clothing, toys and gifts.

“I was teamed up with a very smart 8-year old boy from Mexico who lives here now,” said McManamon. “He selected toys, books and some clothes, but remembered to get something for his grandmother back in Mexico.”

The event was supported by a wide variety of local and federal law enforcement including members from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Park Police, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Secret Service, the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control, Virginia Tobacco Enforcement, the Purcellville Police Department, the Fairfax County Police Department and more than 40 Loudoun County Sheriff Deputies. The event provided toys and holiday  cheer for area children in need. Nearly 100 children attended and were greeted by deputies and law enforcement personnel dedicated to supporting the needs of children in our community.

“The expression on the children’s faces is priceless, giving all a memorable experience,” said John H. Ohrnberger, President of the Loudoun Dulles FOP.

Sheriff-Elect Mike Chapman and Chief Darryl Smith of Purcellville participated in the event and handed out gifts to many of the children.

“I was honored to be a part of this meaningful holiday program today,” said Sheriff-Elect Mike Chapman. “I commend the FOP and all the law enforcement professionals here and across our country who selflessly give their time to make a difference in our community. I’m especially proud to see so many deputies and other county law enforcement professionals dedicated to such a worthy cause.”

For McManamon, who has participated for several years, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without this great event. “This event is filled with the Christmas spirit,” said McManamon. “Being able to give to those less fortunate is the best celebration of this season.”

The FOP Lodge #69 is located in Loudoun County and is a member of the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, the Fraternal Order of Police, encompassing more than 325,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges.