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On Oct. 13, starting at noon, the Charles County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 24 will host its annual chili cook-off. The event raises money to benefit the Shop With a Cop program.

This important program affords less than fortunate children the opportunity have a merry Christmas. Children are given a predetermined amount of money and are allowed to shop for themselves for Christmas. The children must spend half the money on clothing, shoes, coats and school supplies. The other half is spent on toys or even gifts for other family members.

The chili cook-off will have several prizes and is a family-friendly event. It will have a moon bounce, face painting and live music provided by Pork Donut.

Please consider coming out to the event. The address of the FOP Lodge is 12085 Rosewick Road in La Plata. For more information, contact Pfc. Mike Smith at 301-643-9725, or you can email us at

Daniel Bacon, La Plata

The writer is a sergeant with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.