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Lexington officers ask for freeze pop donations

Posted at 10:08 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-27 07:39:01-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington Police Officers are asking for donations of freeze pops after they gave out about 175,000 pops to community members in the last two years.

In 2017, Officer Ryan Holland said he had the idea to give out freeze pops to children at a local swimming pool. From there, he said, the idea took off.

Several local businesses, community members and the company Fla-vor-ice donated freeze pops to the police department and officers now hand them out to children and adults across Lexington, Holland said.

"Not to be cliche but it's an ice breaker." he said. "Everybody likes popsicles and it's an easy way to say, "hey I'm a police officer but I'm your friend too and let's sit down and have a conversation.""

The police department is almost out of freeze pops, Holland said, but already Fla-vor-ice has donated another 20,000 pops.

Still, Holland would like to get a supply of 75,000 to make it through the summer.

The police department is accepting donations of unfrozen pops, preferably in boxes. Donations can be dropped off at police headquarters, 150 E. Main Street or West Sector Roll Call, 1795 Old Frankfort Pike during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.

For large donations, Officer Holland can be reached at rcholland@lexingtonpolice.ky.gov