Every year the Grove Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) gives back to the community with a program called “Cops for Tots,” in conjunction with J.L.’s Toy Run and area businesses.

This year officers amassed approximately $7,000 to $8,000 worth of toys for needy area children, according to Grove Police Officer John Sherman.

He said a lot of the toys came from Jerry and Judy Harris at The Roadhouse on Monkey Island.

In addition, Sherman said, Shepherd’s Dock Construction, Wal-Mart and various convenience stores collected donations.

“The hardest kids for us to buy for are teen-aged girls,” Sherman noted. “But we enlisted the help of our wives and teenaged daughters and sons.”

Friday officers gathered at the Grove Community Center to distribute the toys and to feed lunch to area families.

As of 3:00 Friday, Sherman said the officers had helped about 80 families.

“We can help a lot more than that,” he said.

He said the remaining toys will be given to the DHS.

“Those will go to help kids on the south end of the county,” Sherman said.

He said the FOP is grateful to the Grove and Monkey Island communities for providing so many toys for Delaware County’s needy children.