MLPD gets big giveaway for those in need



The Moses Lake Police Department received a donation of over $ 1,000 over the weekend to help those in need.

“We received a significant amount of money this year for our Shop With a Cop program, so we’re in good shape with that,” said MLPD chief Kevin Fuhr. “So now this is going to be used to help other people in need with some basic items. Food, clothing, shelter, gasoline – stuff like that.

The department’s program does not have an official name, but has been administered for four years, Fuhr said. Funds paid to the department are placed on prepaid credit cards used by crew sergeants. When officers find a citizen in need, cards are available to help people with basic needs or even to repair their cars if they are stranded in town while traveling.

“We had a couple traveling,” Fuhr said. “They broke down in Moses Lake. They had a flat tire (and) the tire needed to be replaced and they didn’t have the money for it. So we took the car to Walmart and put new tires on their car. “

The funds can also be used to help homeless people in the area with necessities, such as boots, jackets and other items when temperatures drop, Fuhr said.

After using a prepaid card, the crew sergeant completes a transaction record. Every purchase is also tracked through the prepaid card, so how the money is spent is documented and tracked, Fuhr said.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund can do so at MLPD headquarters, 411 S. Balsam St., in Moses Lake, Fuhr said. Donations are accepted by receptionists at the front desk. Donations allow officers to help more people get out of difficult situations, Fuhr said.

“If anyone wants to come in, they just need to let the office staff know, because that’s where the donations come from. (The office staff) will give it to me and then I’ll put it on the prepaid cards, ”Fuhr said.

An ounce of prevention …

There are tools available to the public that can help them protect themselves against scams. By reviewing charitable causes using the resources below, residents of the Columbia Basin can ensure their donations support worthy causes.

Better Business Bureau

www.bbb.org

Charity watch

www.charitywatch.org

Washington Secretary of State

https://www.sos.wa.gov/charities

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