Pancake breakfast raises $755 for Hiram, Garrettsville 'Shop with a Cop" (gallery)

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The Hiram Police Department recently held its annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for the "Shop with a Cop" program, raising $755 for the program.

Police Chief Ed Samec said the Shop with a Cop program, a joint effort between Hiram and Garrettsville police, is one of the biggest community programs of the year for the departments.

The program provides underprivileged children and families in the Crestwood and James A. Garfield school districts with the opportunity to enjoy the holiday season.

It allows children to go Christmas shopping for themselves and their families alongside police officers and volunteers.

"Our goal is that every child gets the chance to enjoy the holiday season." Samec said.

The pancake breakfast had a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny and was a huge hit with the children, he said.

Samec offered special thanks to Hiram College, employees of AVI Foodsystems Inc., Windswept Farms, Maggie's Donuts, the Easter Bunny, and all of the people who attended and support the event.

"I am overwhelmed at all of the support and encouragement that Hiram Police Department receives from the community," he said.

"It really is heartwarming that so many people believe in us and our community programs."

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