"COP's For The Troops Kids" is a national initiative  sponsored by the NACOP in partnership with local law enforcement agencies.

Pictured above, ret. Army Colonel Danny McKnight, Ground Forces Commander during the Black Hawk Down battle, dropping a toy into the "Troops Kids" collection box. Pictured above, sampling of the over 300 new toys valued at approximately $5,000 collected at the 9th annual NACOP conference. All the toys collected that day were donated by the police volunteers and coordinators attending the conference on 9/6/08.

COPs for the Troops Kids
"Heart to Heart, Hand to Hand"
Local protectors supporting the children of our nations protectors.
an NACOP initiative

Last Updated July 11, 2010


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This year we are proud to announce our third annual "COPs for the Troops Kids" program designed to help support the children of our troops whose parent(s) are deployed and/or at a lower ranking pay scale making the purchase of gifts for their children at Christmas time difficult.

The Need For This Program?
As anyone who has served in the military knows, depending on what part of the country you live in, military pay for lower ranking enlisted men and woman, typically E-1 thru E-3, is almost at the poverty line.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau statistics for 2007, the poverty threshold for a family of three, with one adult working, one non working spouse and one child (i.e. a solider deployed in Iraq with his spouse at home raising a baby)  is an annual income of $16,689.00.  An enlisted man or woman in the U.S. military at the rank of E-2 with two years of service earns $18,118.80 a year, which is only $1,429.80 a year more than what the federal government considers the line of poverty in America. While there are housing and other special allowances that can add to a married and/or deployed enlisted persons pay, the bottom line is, with the high cost of gas, food and other expenses, it can be difficult at best to give their children the Merry Christmas they deserve. Add to that the fact that many of the children of our troops experience Christmas missing a parent, or in some cases, both parents, who are deployed, I think it's hard to argue that the "COPs for the Troops Kids" program isn't a worthy cause. 

How Can You Help?
Thank you to everyone who attended our 2008 and 2009 conferences and brought an unwrapped Christmas gift for a boy or girl, valued at between $10.00 to $20.00 each to the conference for collection. Because of combined efforts of those who contributed from their heart to this program, we were able to collect approximately $5,000.00 worth of toys that were donated to the Armed Services YMCA located at the U.S. Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms, California. ALL the toys collected at our conference were distributed to the children of our troops attending the annual base Christmas party in the months of December 2008 and 2009. This is a wonderful opportunity to help brighten the day of a very deserving child whose brave parent(s) are helping to keep our nation safe.

For members of law enforcement, including volunteers, civilian and sworn members who are not able to attend and/or contribute a gift at our conference but would still like to participate in this tremendous program, please contact the program director, Art Femister by e-mail at: afemister@nacop.org  or by phone at 951-898-8551 to discuss the options available. An additional toy gift drive may take place within the Southern California region during the first three weeks of December 2010 after which the toys collected will be delivered to the ASYMCA at USMC 29 Palms base to be added to the initial grouping we collect at the 2010 conference to be distributed to the children of deployed Marines and Sailors at the ASYMCA base Christmas toy distribution day in December 20, 2010.

For law enforcement and recognized police volunteers organizations outside of Southern California, please contact us to learn how you can adopt a military base nearest to you in partnership with a base ASYMCA  to expedite the delivery of your toy drive to the hands of our troops kids this Christmas!

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