The Canton Police Department recently received a $500 donation towards its Explorer Post.
The department received the donation last week from the Optimist Club of Laurel Canyon after Police Chief Robert Merchant spoke to the club on Nov. 12.
The money will be used for the department's Shop with a Cop program, which takes less fortunate children Christmas shopping to purchase presents for themselves or for their family members. Shop with a Cop is typically held in December.
Chief Merchant told the audience he was "very appreciative of the donation," according to a press release from the department.
The Optimist Club of Laurel Canyon has consistently supported the police department's initiative.