Altoona and Pleasant Hill Police Raise Money for Cops 4 Kids with Chili Feed Sunday

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PLEASANT HILL, Iowa - The Pleasant Hill and Altoona Police Departments want to remind you: it's that time of year again.

The departments' joint Cops 4 Kids program, which takes local children on a shopping trip with funds raised by the community to purchase Christmas gifts for their families, needs its annual dose of donations. The program allows uniformed police officers to bond with children during a one-day shopping trip; the hope is to help strengthen the bond between the departments and their communities.

The annual Chili Feed and Silent Auction was held Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Assembly Hall in Pleasant Hill Sunday. All funds raised will benefit Cops 4 Kids.

"It's like controlled chaos, it's so fun to go watch because kids and cops and shopping carts and were running into each other, last year we did about a hundred kids give or take a few, and this year were hoping to do about the same," said Melodee Tufts, an officer with the Pleasant Hill PD.

Donations will continue to be accepted at the Pleasant Hill Police Department, located at 5151 Maple Drive.