The Shop with a Cop program that benefits needy children in Hartford, East Alton, Wood River, Roxana and Bethalto has a new name.  Patches and Badges for Kids was formed to consolidate the efforts among local motorcycle clubs, first responders, community organizations and businesses.

Group member Brent Wells says the name change was about more than consolidation.

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Wells says the efforts are sponsored entirely through volunteer efforts and donations. The group will be collecting donations during a trivia night fundraiser this Friday in East Alton. The event will be held at Julia's Banquet Center at East Gate Plaza with doors opening at 6 and trivia starting at 7 p.m. It costs $120 per table. If you would like to make a team or learn more about Patches and Badges for Kids you can call 334-5438 or by visiting

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