WINCHESTER, VA – The Winchester Police Department (WPD) will conduct two community outreach projects during the 2022 holiday season.
Hat & Glove Drive
During this drive, the WPD will collect new hats, scarves, gloves, and blankets to donate to Froggy’s Closet, which provides shoes, clothes, and more resources to foster children and children in need. Learn more about F.R.O.G. and the mission of Froggy’s Closet on the organization’s website.
“The idea for this drive was proposed by Captain Wally Stotlemyer, who shared that while patrolling together, he and Sergeant Ricky Timbrook kept extra winter items in their cars for kids in the community who needed them,” stated Chief Amanda Behan. “We felt this would be a great way to carry out Rick’s legacy.”
Decorated collection boxes will be in the lobby of Timbrook Public Safety Center and at Froggy’s Closet (200 N. Braddock Street).
Edwards Memorial Shop with a Cop
The Winchester-Frederick County Law Enforcement Foundation will also collect monetary donations to benefit the Kids Club of Winchester and will provide children the opportunity to Shop with a Cop. Read more about Kids Club of Winchester on the organization’s website.
The drive will be held in memory of fallen Officer Hunter Edwards, who participated in an informal Shop with a Cop the last Christmas he was alive.
Donations can be made by cash or check and written out to the Law Enforcement Foundation. Please mark “Shop with a Cop” on the memo line. Donations can be dropped off at City National Bank, located at 1830 Valley Avenue in Winchester, or mailed to:
The Frederick County/Winchester Law Enforcement Foundation
P.O. Box 662
Winchester, VA 22604
The Foundation is also accepting donations online through its Zeffy portal.
“As we reflect on the upcoming season, we have a lot to be proud of in our community and within our agency,” said Behan. “We so appreciate our residents being active and helping us provide necessary resources that are sure to make spirits bright.”