OTTAWA — Donations of wrapping paper, bows and gift bags are being sought for the Putnam County Shop With a Cop event.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Putnam County Police Chiefs Association have partnered with Ottawa Walmart and the Putnam County Educational Service Center to pair children with officers for the Dec. 9 shopping day. Each child will receive an escort to the store in a police cruiser and will be given a gift card to spend on gifts for themselves and their family members. Once shopping is complete, the students will be taken to the Educational Service Center assembly room for lunch, gift wrapping and a visit from Santa.

Anyone wishing to donate gift wrapping items or baked goods and beverages should contact Staci Schroeder at 419-523-3162 or email