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Cops for Kids holiday party offers opportunity to give

Cops for Kids holiday party offers opportunity to give

Lakeland, FL - The Lakeland Police Department is hosting a holiday party tonight, Dec. 16, in support of their annual Cops for Kids program, which helps local families in need. Generous community members have made the event a success in the past, and the city is requesting Christmas gift donations from the community this year, so children between the ages of 0 to 12 will have toys this year.

The event is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Lakeland Police Station. Santa will be at the party and the children will also receive a holiday meal donated and catered by the Texas Cattle Company in addition to a gift. Police are expecting
approximately 386 children to attend the party this year.

Why do they call it that? Valrico and Bartow

Why do they call it that? Valrico and Bartow

How did a city that promotes its Southern charm get its name from a seriously Southern dead man? And it may sound Spanish, but this town's name was invented by a university professor.

Why do they call it Valrico?

Even plenty of folks who live in this east Hillsborough County area don't know about one section of town.

Why do they call it that? San Antonio and Fort Meade

Why do they call it that? San Antonio and Fort Meade

A man, lost in the desert, makes this interesting promise to a saint: lead me to safety, and I'll name a city in Florida after you! Plus, a North-South crossroads in Polk County.

Why do they call it San Antonio?

Lost in the Arizona desert, Judge Edmund Dunne prayed for help.

He asked for aid from a saint renowned for locating lost things -- in this case, himself.

His pledge? Sorta strange: "If he was able to get out of the desert alive, that he would name a settlement in Florida after him, because he was already thinking about moving to Florida and starting a settlement," said Rodney Kite Powell, curator of history at the Tampa Bay History Center.

Dunne did survive.

His prayers were apparently answered by St. Anthony -- in Spanish, that's San Antonio. The same saint behind this Pasco County town also gave his name to San Antonio, Texas.

Why do they call it that? Lakeland LIVE on the road!

Why do they call it that? Lakeland LIVE on the road!

There are some awful names Lakeland almost got stuck with -- plus a worldwide royal tale behind the city's iconic swans.

We took The Morning Show LIVE to Common Ground Park in Lakeland on Wednesday, November 10th!

Two high school drumlines, a jet-powered car, military families, a live swan, and more joined us to show off why they love living in Lakeland and Polk County.

Why do they call it that? Publix and Winter Haven

Why do they call it that? Publix and Winter Haven

This week marks the 80th anniversary of the first Publix supermarket opening in Winter Haven. How did the supermarket get its interesting name? And how did food inspire an original, very different, name for Winter Haven?

Why do they call it Publix?

George Jenkins opened the first Publix in a storefront that's still standing across from a park in Winter Haven in 1930.

Ten years later, he closed down that store and opened something brand new. When I say brand new -- I mean something the world had never seen.

Jenkins referred to it as a "food palace," according to Shannon Patten, a spokeswoman for the Publix chain, which is now based in Lakeland.