The Duncan Banner

September 27, 2013

Police open Kiddieland for free night of rides

Donations to help SC Youth Shelter

Toni Hopper
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — It’s a free ride at Kiddieland this Saturday, courtesy of the FOP and Blue Knights of Oklahoma.

Duncan’s Sgt. David Woods said that entrance to the park and the rides will be free, but they hope to get some donations in return. Those donations will be given to the Stephens County Youth Shelter.

“We planned to do something for the youth shelter and then after the shooting we all felt that we needed to go on with it so we could help our youth and our troubled kids,” he said.

Many of the Blue Knights are out of Comanche County, but the board chapter is based in Duncan. They’ve teamed up with the Fraternal Order of Police for this project and rented Kiddieland as a public service. Woods said there will be motorcycles there for the children to look at and even sit on if they want.

“This will be the last Saturday Kiddieland will be open to the public,” he said. “If we can raise $1,000 just to help, that’s a great goal to have.”

Usually the fundraiser goals are rotated between Stephens and Comanche counties. He said one year the benefactor was the Velma Volunteer Fire Department and another year that a Nic Green Poker Run was held.

“We knocked it out of the ballpark on that one. We had quite a sizable donation, about $10,000, I believe,” he said. They’ve also donated to Toys for Tots.

Woods said for the officers involved, it’s just a way to do something good for the community. He encourages everyone to come out for a family night at the park.

To make a donation for the new shelter, send it to Stephens County Youth Services, P.O. Box 1603, Duncan, OK, 73534. Be sure to mark a notation on it for “new shelter fund.” It can be a tax donation since the organization is non-profit.