Thousands of children have had merry Christmases over the past 20 years thanks to a friendly bunch of elves who wear badges.

Coordinators and volunteers who have made the Santa Cop program a success since the program’s inception in 1990 were honored with a breakfast Friday, Dec. 4, at the Center for People in Need. Santa Cop, a program of the Lincoln Police Union Charities, raises money each year to purchase holiday gifts for low-income children.
The Center for People in Need’s Toyland for Kids program receives holiday gifts for low-income children through the Santa Cop program’s generosity.

Receiving plaques were: Lincoln Police Union Charities, Police Capt. Kim Koluch, Police Capt. Joy Citta and auctioneer Jan Kaufman.

Certificates were also presented to: Police Chief Tom Casady, Asst. Police Chief Jim Peschong, Police Sgt. Danny Reitan, Cassandra Briggs, Nate Flood, Dave Haumont, Darren Johnson, Susie Johnson, Thomas Duden, KZKX-FM, Carol Turner, Mick Kovar, KLKN-TV, Rod Fowler, Walmart South, Home Builders Association of Lincoln and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers.

The Center for People in Need, located at 3901 N. 27th St., Unit 1,  provides comprehensive services and opportunities to support low-income, high needs families and individuals as they strive to lift themselves out of poverty and achieve economic self-sufficiency. More information on the Center’s programs is available at