CRESTVIEW — Surrounded by police officers, car salesmen, mechanics, office workers and lots of Chevys, the owner of a local car dealership presented a year’s worth of employee contributions to the Crestview Police Department’s annual Cops For Kids program.

Allen Turner, owner of the Chevrolet dealership on South Ferdon Boulevard that bears his name, told Deputy Police Chief Jamie Grant that his employees voluntarily contributed thousands of dollars through payroll deductions throughout the year. Turner matched their funds for a total of $16,325 to donate to the cause.

“It’s a great benefit for our employees to give back,” Turner said. “The Police Department has the boots on the ground to make this (Cop For Kids) work. We’re glad to partner with them to help families in the community.”

Crestview City Councilman Bill Cox was on hand for Monday’s check presentation.

“This is really an awesome project,” Cox said. “It’s a good program for people in our city who need some extra help at Christmas. Our cops are doing an admirable job, and the contributions of the people at Allen Turner Chevrolet help make it happen.”