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Giving the gift of Christmas while remembering fallen officers

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EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- You can help give kids Christmas by attending an event in Monroe County this weekend.

The 9th Annual Olsen Event will be held at Rudy’s in East Stroudsburg on Sunday.

The event started as a way to honor Officer Jeff Olsen of Stroud Area Regional Police, who died from suicide. As other officers passed away, the event grew to honor them as well.

The goal is to raise money through a tricky tray and 50/50.

“We just try to raise a whole boatload of money, and with that money then we try to help out families in their memory who are having a tough Christmas,” says Chris Kelly, of the Stroud Area Regional Police.

Last year, the Olsen event provided Christmas gifts for thirteen local families in need. You’re invited to stop by Rudy’s after the Veterans Day Parade Sunday afternoon from 2:00 until 8:00 pm.

This year, Detective Douglas Knowles and K9 Niko, who passed away, are also being honored.

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