SALEM - Members of the Salem Club raised $2,500 this year to give to the Fraternal Order of Police Quaker City Lodge 88 to help some area families shop for Christmas.
Salem Club President Bob Irey said $2,000 came from the private club's annual golf outing and $500 came from the Ladies of Salem Club Christmas Fund. A check was presented this week to Lt. Don Beeson, president of the FOP Quaker City Lodge 88, by Irey, Trustee Mike Minamyer, employee Lisa Withers and Trustee Howard Loudon.
Other Salem Club officers include Vice President Dave Withers, Trustee Randy Agee, Treasurer Don Dustman, Recording Secretary Rick Smith, Sergeant-at-Arms Danny Holloway, and Ladies of Salem Club members Karen Menough and Shirley Irey.
From left, Salem Club members Trustee Mike Minamyer, President Bob Irey, employee Lisa Withers and Trustee Howard Loudon present a check for $2,500 to Salem Police Lt. Don Beeson, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Quaker City Lodge 88, for this year’s gift card program for Christmas. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
The money will support the FOP's annual Christmas program, which Beeson said has changed over the years.
Originally, he said they used to buy the toys and throw a party at the Memorial Building. After Walmart opened, they started a program where officers would meet families at the store and help them shop.
Now they provide families with gift cards in $50 denominations, using funds donated to the program and adding some of their own money.
The Salem juvenile officers give names of families in need of assistance, along with any members of the Quaker City Lodge 88 who may know a family in need. Quaker City Lodge 88 includes members of the Salem City Police Department, the Columbiana County Sheriff's Office, Perry Township, Columbiana and Liverpool Township.The majority of the money goes to help families in Salem, but also helps people in other areas.
"When it's Christmas and kids are involved, you don't worry too much about jurisdictions. We feel it helps," Beeson said.
The group has also helped families burned out of their homes with gift cards. The FOP donates money to the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Memorial Building and in the southern part of the county, officers provide turkeys to families. The FOP also gives money to youth soccer and youth baseball teams and holds an oldies benefit concert every two years as a fundraiser.
The Quaker City Lodge 88 has 45 members.
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