Online Originals: Third Annual ‘Cops on the Roof’ event

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The third annual ‘Cops on the Roof’ was at the Walmart Super-Center off Greenville Boulevard.

Three officers on top of the Walmart Super Center off Greenville Boulevard.

Starting at 8am, police officers took turns standing on the roof of Walmart, waving at shoppers and speaking through a megaphone, encouraging them to donate either money or a bicycle to the event.

The police officers stayed on the roof until 200 bicycles were donated.

If money was donated, the officers used that to purchase more bicycles.

At around noon, 156 bikes had been donated. Winterville resident Michael Keller donated the rest of the bicycles to the event, so they could hit their 200 bicycle mark.

“It really feels great knowing that some little girl or some little boy is going to get a bike. We just thought…when I was younger I raised five kids and I was struggling. So it helps out a lot for the younger parents.”

– Michael Keller, Winterville Resident

Although they’d already hit their goal, officers continued Cops on the Roof for another few hours, to collect more donations.

A Winterville Police car sitting outside the Walmart Super Center during ‘Cops on the Roof’.

The bicycles will be donated to the Toys for Tots foundation, and go to children in need.

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